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The Striker and the Clock

Georgia Cloepfil

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From the publisher:

An exhilarating and searing memoir about life as a professional female footballer - and a beautiful examination of the joy and pain of serious athleticsIn The Striker and the Clock, Georgia Cloepfil tells the story of her life in football: the triumph, the exhilaration, the deep bonds between teammates, and also the years of self-denial, exile and dedication, in which players try in vain to outpace a clock that ticks down toward an indeterminate ending. Threading between floodlit pitches, sparse dorm rooms, and doctor’s offices, Cloepfil outlines an obsessive pursuit: one that sees her begin each day by touching the ball a thousand times, running sprints alone on empty fields and practicing near-constant visualization and revisualization of triumph and despair. What emerges is a profound meditation on what it is to have a body, and what it is to have the compulsion to push it to do the near impossible; and a love letter to the motivations, joys, pains and desires of a beautiful game.

'Georgia Cloepfil has written a nimble, breathtaking book about the beautiful game, and about her beautiful, brutal life playing it' Louisa Thomas, sports writer for the New Yorker 'With the deft and determined movements of a seasoned player, Georgia Cloepfil writes about what it means to endure and what it means to leave a sport behind' Leanne Shapton

The author:

Georgia Cloepfil is a writer and a women's soccer coach. Cloepfil became infatuated with soccer as a child and throughout her twenties played on women's professional and semi-professional teams all over the world, from Korea to Australia to Sweden. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post and the Yale Review, as well as many other publications. The Striker and the Clock was shortlisted for the 2022 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize.

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Bloomsbury Circus
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
208 pages
July 2024
English
9781526668516