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kindle ´ A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 á Jenny Landreth These days swimming may seem like the most egalitarian of pastimes open to anyone with a swimsuit but this wasn't always the case In the 19th century swimming was exclusively the domain of men and access to pools was a luxury limited by class Women were barely allowed to swim in the sea as long as no men were around but even into the 20th century they could be arrested and fined if they dared dive into a lake It wasn't until the 1930s that women were finally and reluctantly granted eual access to the water This is the story of the women who made that possible a thank you to the fearless swimming suffragettes who took on the status uo fought for eual access and won Part social history part memoir Swell celebrates some amazing achievements some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of It's also the story of how Jenny Landreth eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women Ultimately it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity anywhere we choose This was an enjoyable and accessible read about the history of women swimmers I liked reading about the female pioneers who went against what society deemed ladylike behaviour It is astonishing to me how something as simple as swimming could have caused such an uproar in the past As someone who was on the high school swim team I am unable to imagine not being allowed to participate because I am a womanThere is a section in the book where the author discusses how there was a long stretch of time where the only stories about women swimmers were in a mythological context ie mermaids and selkies I thought this was interesting because it emphasizes how far fetched of an idea it was to picture women swimming in real lifeOne of the main reasons that women were first allowed to swim in the early 1900s was because male doctors thought it would be good for the women’s fertility The idea that you could enjoy swimming just for the sake of it was not something that was even consideredThe author weaves a lot of her personal life into this book which was fine but it did pull me out of the text at times That being said I did enjoy some sections especially her experience taking her young child to the poolIf you are looking for an introduction to the history of female swimmers and you enjoy a blend of history and memoir I would highly recommend this bookI received a free copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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read epub ã Swell A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 ☆ jenny landreth ë ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Swell: A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 By Jenny Landreth ❤ – Danpashley.co.uk These days swimming ma These days swimming may seem like the most egalitarian of pastimes open to anyone with a swimsuit but this wasn't always the case In the 19th century swimming was exclusively the domain of men and access to pools was a luxury limited by class Women were barely allowed to swim in the sea as long as no men were around but even into the 20th century they could be arrested and fined if they dared dive into a lake It wasn't until the 1930s that women were finally and reluctantly granted eual access to the water This is the story of the women who made that possible a thank you to the fearless swimming suffragettes who took on the status uo fought for eual access and won Part social history part memoir Swell celebrates some amazing achievements some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of It's also the story of how Jenny Landreth eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women Ultimately it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity anywhere we choose This absorbing book has two threads; the first the history of women's swimming and the struggle to achieve euality in all matters auatic and the second the author's personal history with water It is a fascinating read The historical part is told with warmth and humour it is truly amazing that these women succeeded given the obstacles they faced Obstacles such as their extraordinary heavy swimming attire I loved the author's personal memoir best There are laugh out loud moments my favourite being the trip to the leisure pool with baby Educational and very funny

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Swell A Waterbiography The Sunday Times SPORT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017These days swimming may seem like the most egalitarian of pastimes open to anyone with a swimsuit but this wasn't always the case In the 19th century swimming was exclusively the domain of men and access to pools was a luxury limited by class Women were barely allowed to swim in the sea as long as no men were around but even into the 20th century they could be arrested and fined if they dared dive into a lake It wasn't until the 1930s that women were finally and reluctantly granted eual access to the water This is the story of the women who made that possible a thank you to the fearless swimming suffragettes who took on the status uo fought for eual access and won Part social history part memoir Swell celebrates some amazing achievements some ridiculous outfits and some fantastic swimmers who challenge the stereotypes of what women are capable of It's also the story of how Jenny Landreth eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women Ultimately it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity anywhere we choose I don't often swim so this isn't obviously a book for me but it turns out it is It really is It's funny and warm and you feel like you're being confided in by a really good friend as Landreth takes you by the hand and guides you through her own swimming adventures and the history of women swimming I wasn't sure I was interested in the history of women swimming but suddenly I feel rich with information and I really cared about those women about what they did so that we could all swim without even thinking about it It really matters but that's not what makes it such a joy to read that'd be down to Landreth's writing I can't recommend this highly enough