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Swell: A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 by [Landreth, Jenny]
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Jenny Landreth's tale of the swimming suffragettes is a wonderful account of lost stories from the canon of women's sports history... Landreth's book brings these stories to the mainstream - Anna Kessel

Fascinating and full of possibility, it is also properly snort-with-giggles-on-the-commute funny. - Alexandra Heminsley

If you love swimming you'll love this. If you hate swimming, you'll still love this. From over-upholstered matrons gingerly climbing down the steps of wheeled bathing huts, to young girls swimming jawdropping distances up The Thames, this captivating book bowls along with wit and charm. - Jo Brand

A brilliantly funny book that made me feel part of a proud and intrepid community of amphibian women - Josie Long

If this marvellous watery odyssey charting women's swimming history doesn t make you want to jump in, I will eat my woollen bikini. - Doon Mackichan

A wry and inspiring mix of memoir and social history - --Melissa Harrison

Very disappointed. I thought this was going to be a pictorial history of the bikini. - John O'Farrell Swell is part personal memoir, and part social history. Even if you aren't as wildly enthusiastic about swimming as the author, you'll find her book written with humour and fondness - Lifeboat Magazine

As we jump into the waves with glee, Jenny Landreth asks us to consider 'swimming suffragettes' who kicked hard for change in the once male-dominated world of swimming, less than 100 years ago. Written through the prisms of memoir and social history, it's the quest for equality that rises to the top of a poignant narrative. - Coast

Billed as being the true story of the 'swimming suffragettes', this book - both funny and informative - follows the fearless women who battled for access to beaches, pools and lakes, and reveals the author's own 'waterbiography' - Townswoman

Even if you're not particularly interested in swimming, this book will delight you. - Daily Mail

Swell has the air of one long stand-up routine, a larky dash through the modern history of female swimmers - New Statesman

A clever, intimate history of personal and female liberation, viewed through a well-fitting pair of swimming goggles... Swell is a standout addition to a crowded pool of waterlogged memoirs. -

Curl up with the empowering story of the heroines who made swimming possible for women. Swell by Jenny Landreth is a must-read - Women's Fitness

A lighthearted, conversational history, with emphasis on the challenges women once faced just getting in the water, and the 'swimming suffragettes' who defied genteel disapproval to claim the right to do so - Guardian

Swell interweaves Landreth's own story with a history of female pioneers, 'Swimming Suffragettes' who accomplished remarkable feats and paved the way for future generations... She is at her best writing about swimmers past, and has done a thorough job of interviewing other swimmers - Economist

Whereas the idea of diving into a pool seems like a great way to escape the heat, in the 19th century swimming was exclusively the domain of men and it wasn't until the 1930s that women were granted equal access to pools. Swell is the story of the women who made that possible, capturing the achievements and world of women's secret swimming. - YAWN

The fearless women known as 'swimming suffragettes' are celebrated in this wonderful book charting feminism and social history through the 19th and early-20th centuries. - Sunday Herald

With examples of swimming heroines and some truly bizarre swimming cossies plus the story of how the author learned to swim, Swell will make you want to plunge straight in - Red

Jenny Landreth is a delight... Swell is more than just a recollection of the author's own encounters; it's also a history of women's fight for the right to swim… read it and discover it all for yourself - thebookbag

Jenny Landreth is a wonderful and hilarious writer, so this is in no way a stuffy account of historic events. She includes her own history of swimming, the 2012 Olympics, the developments in swimwear and, in her own unique way, the psychology behind why we swim - Wanderlust

Landreth's writing is accessible and down to earth, with wonderful asides - The Times Literary Supplement

Recalls how swimming suffragettes made waves to gain the same rights of access to water as men. It is full of witty asides from Landreth, though she's unlikely to rekindle the fashion for knitted swimsuits. - Daily Telegraph

Jenny Landreth's blissful Swell: A Waterbiography is about the pleasures of swimming, for which women first had to fight for pools, liberation from full-length serge bathing suits and other imposed notions of what it was dignified for a lady to do. This is an instructive history of a tide not simply turning, but being forced to turn. - The Times (Saturday review)

The joy of her book is the spiky, mischievous writing that knits it together. - Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year 2017

The Sunday Times Sport Book of the Year: Jenny Landreth's passion for swimming makes her the perfect flag bearer for this detailed critique of the evolution of one of Britain's favourite pastimes. - --Daily Express

About the Author

Jenny Landreth is a script editor and writer. She has written two guide books - on the great trees of London, and on the best places to swim in the capital. Jenny was the main contributor to the Guardian's weekly swimming blog, writing on everything from pool rules, to swimming with children, and where to swim in New York. She lives in London. @jennylandreth

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9734 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport; 1 edition (4 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MQ0NN1R
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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