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The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer's Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

Praise for Mischa Merz's memoir Bruising:

Merz makes her own body, discipline, and courage her subjects of experiment as she explores the terrors and the exhilarations of the female capacity for violence with startling honesty. You can almost smell the sweat.--Inga Clendinnen

The work fits (more) comfortably within the stylish nonfiction popularized by writers such as Dava Sobel, Helen Garner and Janet Malcolm.--Mary Rose Liverani, The Australian

Journalist and amateur boxer Mischa Merz fulfils a long-held ambition to travel across the United States and compete in a series of amateur boxing tournaments. On this wild and fascinating journey she meets her idols, including Laila Ali and Lucia Rijker of Million Dollar Baby fame, and some other truly extraordinary characters. Merz discovers the horrors and delights of the world of women's boxing and gains insights into this eccentric subculture's place in American life. She also meets some of the pioneers and trailblazers of the contemporary rise in women's boxing, as well as some of the younger stars now hoping to make it onto the first women's boxing team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Written in a compelling and highly entertaining narrative style, Mischa Merz takes us right into the ring and reports, with a rare insider's view, on a sport that has for centuries defined our ideas about masculinity.

Mischa Merz is a journalist and author of fiction and creative nonfiction. She began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women's welterweight champion. Her book Bruising, about her experiences as a boxer, was published to critical acclaim by Picador Australia in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award. Her journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, The Sunday Age, and the Herald Sun.

Synopsis:

Mischa Merz takes a wild and unpredictable journey through the fascinating world of women’s boxing in America.

Synopsis:

Journalist and amateur boxer Mischa Merz fulfills a long-held ambition to travel across the United States and compete in a series of amateur boxing tournaments. On this wild and fascinating journey she meets her idols, including Lucia Rijker of Million Dollar Baby fame, and some other truly extraordinary characters. Merz discovers the horrors and delights of the world of women's boxing and gains insights into this eccentric subculture's place in American life. She also meets some of the pioneers and trailblazers of the contemporary rise in women's boxing as well as some of the younger stars now hoping to make it onto the first womens boxing team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Written in a compelling and highly entertaining narrative style, Mischa Merz takes us right into the ring and reports, with a rare insiders view, on a sport that has for centuries defined our ideas about masculinity.

About the Author

MISCHA MERZ is a journalist and author of fiction and creative non-fiction. She began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women's welterweight champion. Her book Bruising, about her experiences as a boxer, was published to critical acclaim by Picador in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award. Merz's short fiction has appeared in Meanjin, Island, Overland and the Cardigan Press Anthologies Normal Service Will Resume and Allnighter. Her journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, The Sunday Age and the Herald Sun.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583229286
Author:
Merz, Mischa
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
B&W photographs throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Biography » Women
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Mischa Merz takes a wild and unpredictable journey through the fascinating world of women’s boxing in America.
"Synopsis" by , Journalist and amateur boxer Mischa Merz fulfills a long-held ambition to travel across the United States and compete in a series of amateur boxing tournaments. On this wild and fascinating journey she meets her idols, including Lucia Rijker of Million Dollar Baby fame, and some other truly extraordinary characters. Merz discovers the horrors and delights of the world of women's boxing and gains insights into this eccentric subculture's place in American life. She also meets some of the pioneers and trailblazers of the contemporary rise in women's boxing as well as some of the younger stars now hoping to make it onto the first womens boxing team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Written in a compelling and highly entertaining narrative style, Mischa Merz takes us right into the ring and reports, with a rare insiders view, on a sport that has for centuries defined our ideas about masculinity.

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