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The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England Paperback – 1 Aug 2016

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785311514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785311512
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"The Guardian best books on sport of 2016. Offers valuable insight into women's football." --Huw Richards, The Guardian

"CARRIE HAS DUNN WELL WITH BOOK!" --The Non-League Paper

"A fantastic and unique insight into the world of women's football in England." --Jacqui Oatley, BBC sports presenter and journalist

"Carrie Dunn is an exceptional journalist, perceptive and inquisitive." --Iain Macintosh, football writer

"Spent a year following some of the most famous - and not so famous - female footballers in the country, to see what the holds for women's football. Tells the tale of an increasingly popular, yet still underrepresented sport." --SheKicks.net

"A well thought out and well researched piece of work that covers the women's game from top to bottom. A comprehensive overview of the football pyramid in this country, raising questions and discussing important issues that impact those involved in the game. There's something here for everyone." --Kieran Theivam, women's football writer

"Superbly researched and with excellent access to players and officials alike, Carrie Dunn's book is a fascinating, and essential, survey of the state of women's football." - Football writer Alex Stewart

Selected as one of four Books of the Month in The Football Book Calendar, August to November 2016. -- OfPitchAndPage.com

"Crisp and humane writing. I wish I had the psychic or persuasive powers to push The Roar of the Lionesses up on to the bestseller lists. A book that is rooted in the joy and pain of sport. Not only do 'the girls' know how to play football as well or better than 'the boys'; the best of 'em write about it just as well as the boys do too." --ByTheBookReviews.blogspot.co.uk

About the Author

Carrie Dunn is a freelance journalist and author writing about a number of sports, including women's football. She has covered the last two Women's World Cups for The Times and for Eurosport.com, and is a regular radio pundit for matches.


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Imagine your doing a uni course on women's football in England and Carrie Dunn is your tutor. When you get a top mark at the end of the year, you know a lot of it was due to how she engaged you and encouraged you to learn more. That's what reading this book is like: Dunn's informative and clear style of writing makes you feel like you've learned something and got something from it.

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This book isn't just a brief history of the year since the Lionesses returned from winning a bronze medal in the Women's World Cup in 2015, it's a thorough overview of the Women's game from how it was, how it nearly wasn't, to how it is now. It covers all angles, from the Elite at the top of the Women's Super League right down to teams that I never knew existed, from owners down to fans, from FIFA down to that assistant linesman who wouldn't know an offside from a slice of orange, from 1921 right up to 2016 (though 1921 is just a chapter and a bit, the rest is mostly 2015/2016).

As a Women's Football fan I've always had a lot of questions about how things worked and why decisions were made the way they were like:

Why was Women's Football banned between 1921 and the end of the 20th Century?
What are the differences between Women's Super Leagues and Women's Premier Leagues?
Who is most likely to steal my spare shinpads at a 5-a-side tournament?
Why are some women paid to play whilst others have to pay to play?
Why did Wycombe support Reading Ladies and not Wycombe Ladies?
Does the FA care about Women's Football? Does FIFA for that matter?
Why can't I watch Women's Football on TV as often as other sports?

Thankfully Carrie Dunn provides all the answers, and a lot more to boot. I've discovered that fish and chips for winning an away match can be a bigger incentive to some players than others (because they prefer saveloys).
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I enjoyed this immensely. The Lionesses 'bronze' was a great headline story for women's football in England and Carrie Dunn does a top job in explaining what an inspiration that has represented. But what is much more inspiring is the story that the author tells about the legion of footballers, friends, coaches, helpers and supporters who week in week out run the game from the grassroots upwards. They are what continue to make it the people's game and Carrie does the game a great favour by making this clear to readers who may know little about women's football. It's well written, has a great narrative and if you want to learn something new about footballing life, and life in football, you really should read this book.
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