Here Come the Girls

Yes! My first non-fiction book is available now. It’s called Here Come the Girls and is a perfect companion for the Girls FC series. The book is part of the Collins Read On series which is targeted at 11-14 year-old reluctant readers. Anyone can read the book, though – it’s suitable for Y4-6 too.                     Here Come the Girls cover. The players are Jodie Brett of Chelsea and Amber Gaylor of Arsenal (U17s)   I enjoyed researching Here Come the Girls; the process was so different from making things up as I do in my fiction writing. However, there’s always the constant fear of getting things wrong once you commit your research to paper. Dates, facts, names – you have to double-check everything. The women’s game is not as well documented as the men’s. Teams come and go, mainly due to lack of investment, so none had a long pedigree or a ready archive I could access. However, there are plenty of experts out there, such as Dr.Jean Williams, Senior Lecturer in Sports and Cultural Studies at Loughborough University and Alfie Wylie the Northern Ireland Coach, who were just two of the people who helped me. leopard print iphone 8 plus case The problem with football is things constantly change. iphone 7 plus snugg case The day the book was published, one of my featured players, Natasha Dowie, was transferred from Everton Ladies to Liverpool. I’ve also just spotted that on p 19, where I compare the dates men’s and women’s clubs started, the designer has shown Cardiff City FC in blue. Cardiff City FC (founded 1899) did play in blue until this season (and, indeed, were nicknamed the Bluebirds) when the new owners insisted they changed to red as it was more ‘Welsh.’ Dreadful for the fans – embarrassing for me! Unfortunately writers and publishers can’t see into the future.               Natasha Dowie played for Everton when I was doing my research…                 … but Natasha (on the left) now plays for Liverpool LFC. owm iphone 6 case My book’s main character ‘Jess’ will be gutted!                         Before going to print, Cardiff City FC were the Bluebirds. Image c/o   Apart from these changes, the book looks great and I hope everyone enjoys reading it. I’ve covered from how the women’s game began to what it’s like for girls playing the game today. iphone 7 case charger apple It includes modern legends such as Mia Hamm and Birgit Prinz and an all-time best football team chosen by Jen O’Neill, editor of She Kicks magazine. iphone 8 disney case stitch I’ve looked at the differences between the men’s game and the women’s and at the growth of football in India and Africa. There’s even a quiz at the back and it’s illustrated throughout.

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