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Description - Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer

In the aftermath of the Great War, when the world was still trying to bury its wounds, flappers, jazz music and sport all helped to take people's minds off of the daily grind. But it was the story of four young American swimmers - Gertrude Ederle, Mille Gade, Lillian Cannon and Charabelle Barrett - that captivated the public on both sides of the Atlantic. The popular East Coast tabloids from New York to Boston engaged in rivalries nearly as competitive as the swimmers themselves; each backed a favourite and made certain their girl - in racy bathing attire - was plastered across their daily editions.In The Great Swim, Gavin Mortimer paints an unforgettable portrait of a competition that changed the way the world looked at women, both in sport and society. More than an underdog story, this is a tale of perseverance, strength, and sheer force of will.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906021290
ISBN-10: 1906021295
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 141mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gavin Mortimer

Gavin Mortimer was born in London and now lives in Montpellier in the south of France. He began writing full-time in 1996 and has contributed to a broad cross-section of publications, from Esquire to the BBC History Magazine and The Observer. His previous books on Lord Stirling's men and the Blitz were published in the UK.

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