Part manifesto, part memoir, part how to, Eat Sweat Play is feminism on wheels (a bike), kicking sport right in the (foot)balls...Kessel makes a compelling, thought-provoking case for sport as a route towards equality (and the current culture in sport as a stumbling block). I think she’s right.
The Pool on Eat Sweat Play
As Stylist’s Fair Game campaign has highlighted for the past four years, women and men are not on a level playing field when it comes to sport – which makes Guardian sports writer Kessel’s new book a breath of fresh air. A piercing call to arms, she argues that if women and girls embrace being active, it will lead to a sea change for women’s bodies, self image and outlook. It is brilliant.
Stylist on Eat Sweat Play
This is a book for all women. It challenges the very idea that some women like sport but most hate it. Not in a condescending way, but through the most comprehensive analysis of women’s relationship to sport, and their bodies in that context, that I’ve come across. It champions fun and the other adrenaline-fueled feelings that sport gives you.
Morning Star on Eat Sweat Play
I want to thank Anna Kessel for writing Eat Sweat Play. It is not just an accessible, incredibly funny and searingly honest look at women and sport, and it is not just a highly irreverent, against-the-grain, taboo-breaking wonder of a book, it is that rare thing: genuinely empowering for women.
Waterstones Blog on Eat Sweat Play
Every so often a book comes along that changes the way you think. Eat Sweat Play is one of those books.Bold and brave, it’s a beautiful read, with author Anna Kessel, a Guardian and Observer sports writer, emerging as a modern-day Roberta Gibb.
Sports Journalists' Association on Eat Sweat Play