Eat Sweat Play

"It's time for women the world over to reconnect with their bodies."

Sweating has never been so hot, but why then are there still so many obstacles for girls and women when it comes to exercise?  At what point did sport become work, and not play? When did we lose our sense of fun, and at what cost? And why are sportswomen endlessly sexualised or demonised by the media?

Kessel opens the conversation on body dysmorphia and bingo wings, menstruation and menopause, parenthood and the pay gap, while challenging the current foundations of feminism and sport's role in gender politics.

Part manifesto, part how-to, Eat Sweat Play is a call to arms for women to take back their bodies for themselves. From the mouths of sportswomen, Sporty Spice and Mumsnet CEOs to personal accounts from the author, this is the book every one – man, woman or child – should read.

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About the author

Anna Kessel has been a sports writer for the Guardian and Observer since 2004. She has covered three Olympic Games, as well as several World Cups, Euros and World Championships, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in global sport.

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Why We Like It

  • A fascinating (and at times terrifying) insight into the modern attitude towards women's bodies
  • Packed full of advice and support on how to sweat well
  • Brilliantly told with supporting evidence from some of the leading voices in the field


Anna Kessel has been a sports writer for the Guardian and Observer since 2004. She has covered three Olympic Games, as well as several World Cups, Euros and World Championships, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in global sport.

Anna is also co-founder and chair of Women in Football (WiF), a network championing female role models in football and lobbying against sexism in the game. In 2016 Anna was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to journalism and women in sport.

Despite a career spent championing women in sport, she still blinks when a football comes flying at her face.

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β€˜Anna Kessel's book should inspire a whole generation of women. It ought to be on the school curriculum.’ (Hadley Freeman)

β€˜Fascinating, compelling and thought-provoking.’ (Lauren Laverne, The Pool)

β€˜This book is a plea to reclaim tracks, pitches and pools for women, and to ensure that the next generation grows up appreciating – and enjoying – all that their bodies are capable of.’ (Emma John, The Guardian)

β€˜A piercing call to arms . . . 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.’ (The Stylist)

β€˜I’d go as far to say that this book was a life changer for my health and fitness.’ (Estee Lalonde)

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