Mud, Maul, Mascara: How I Led My Country, and Lived to Tell the Tale (Hardback)
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Mud, Maul, Mascara: How I Led My Country, and Lived to Tell the Tale (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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Waterstones Says

The inspirational story of the former women’s rugby captain, Mud, Maul, Mascara delivers a refreshingly honest autobiography of life in the scrum and off the field in a sport with little of the financial reward and recognition of its male counterpart.

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2020

Catherine Spencer was the captain of the England women's rugby team for three years. She scored eighteen tries for England, won six of the eight Six Nations competitions she took part in, and captained her team to three championship titles, a European cup, two Nations Cup tournament victories and the World Cup final held on home soil in 2010, which thrust women's rugby into the limelight. All of this while holding down a full time job, because the women's team, unlike the men's, did not get paid for their sport.

Mud, Maul, Mascara is an effort to reconcile alleged opposites, to show the woman behind the international sporting success. Painfully honest about the mental struggles Catherine faced during, and after, her career as an elite athlete, it is also warm, funny and inspirational - a book for anyone who has ever had a dream, or self-doubt, or a yearning for a really good, mud-proof mascara.

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781783528134
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 240 x 159 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This pioneering memoir has virtues that go way beyond simple novelty... engagingly balances the highs of captaincy and grand slams (all achieved while holding down a full-time job) with striking emotional honesty as to her regrets' Guardian Books of the Year'Her struggle is that of women's rugby and it is told here with great honesty' Sunday Times Books of the Year

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