Guardian Faber nets history of women's football

Guardian Faber nets history of women's football

Guardian Faber has netted a general history of women’s football by Suzanne Wrack, the Guardian’s women’s football correspondent.

Guardian Faber commissioning editor Fred Baty acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to A Woman’s Game from Max Edwards at Aevitas Creative Management UK. A Woman’s Game is scheduled for spring 2021. Triumph Books pre-empted the book in the US.

The synopsis reads: "For 50 years, women’s football didn’t, officially, exist. Following a post-war high of more than 53,000 fans cramming into Liverpool’s Goodison Park to watch the mighty Dick, Kerr Ladies in 1921, the FA unceremoniously banned the game in 1923 – officially for medical reasons, though the underlying factors are unsurprisingly sexist in nature. From its origins in the north of England in the late 19th century, through the ban and into the present global rise, Suzanne Wrack’s agenda-changing history charts the rise, fall and rise again of women’s football around the world, through the teams, players and women who made it."

Wrack said: "I’m delighted to be working with Fred and the team at Faber to bring the history of the women’s game to the general public. For too long, women’s football has been underfunded, undervalued and treated with disdain. Players have been forced to fight for its existence and prove its worth. Now the rewards of attention, investment and positivity are beginning to be reaped, and behind the current success is an astonishing history, filled with amazing women. I can't wait to tell their stories."