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Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer Kindle Edition
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A startlingly good book. Oxenham is a marvelous observer. These are moving, uplifting stories from around the world- what top soccer is like when there's no money or fame in it and you just do it for love.--Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics
An eye-opening, cohesive collection of fascinating stories that will help bring women's soccer to the next level. Appropriate for high school students, public libraries, and all readers interested in the future of the sport.--Library Journal
Gwendolyn is the master at finding incredible soccer stories. These are stories that need to be heard- told in a way that leaves you begging for more. Thank you, Gwen, for shining a light on the natural, raw, real beauty of the beautiful game.--Julie Foudy, ESPN, USWNT captain
One of the most compelling sports books I have ever read ... There are so many moments within the book I found myself mouth wide opened in shock as to how these incredible women were treated ... I highly recommend this book to people from all sports, particularly those at the decision making levels of governing bodies to remind them that at the end of their decisions is a very real, passionate and dedicated person.--Female Coaching Network
Oxenham is one of my favorite soccer writers; she connects on a deeply human level with the people who are the soul of the global game. I love this book.--Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated
The book, a blend of stand-up-and-cheer triumphs and bittersweet cautionary tales, is a revelation, and it is a must-read for anyone curious about not just women's soccer, but the beautiful game.--The Globe and Mail
The book's true virtues are in its complexities and portrayals of the players whose lives are interesting both on and off the field ... Oxenham understands a good sports story must work as a mirror to reflect the world around it. And, like Friday Night Lights or Seabiscuit, Under the Lights and In the Dark does just that ... This work is truly a testament to women's soccer and women in sports. It is also a fun story for both sports fans and plain old readers alike.-- "Gretchen Lida, Washington Independent Review of Books"
The twelve-year-old girl reading this as part of her English homework will be as engrossed as the 60-year-old who never dreamt that these things could happen to a female soccer player. That's a fantastic skill to have as a writer.--The Gorey Guardian
"If you care one iota about women's football, stop what you're doing, order this book right now - both to understand the true state of the game and to support Oxenham in her work. This is an essential read."--Men in Blazers podcast --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B06XGPSDHY
- Publisher : Icon Books Ltd (6 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2380 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 950,186 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It did not disappoint. There are memorable characters here. The homeless soccer players of Liverpool, African women playing in Sweden, Portland, and Russia. A dictatorial, abusive, almost cartoonishly misogynistic Russian coach. The lovable eccentrics of Portland. The clash of religion and sexuality in the American South. The great Marta - a sad example of the struggles still faced by women's soccer despite its massive gains in recent years. Each section made me long for more information about its subject - the mark of wonderful reportage and excellent writing.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about the beautiful game. This isn't a book about women's soccer. It's a book about soccer.