Our Beautiful Game

Lou Kuenzler

For fans of both history and sport, this is a captivating and insightful story of a pivotal moment in the history of women’s football and the part women played in munitions’ work for the Great War. The book is inspired by true stories of women’s football legends.

Twelve year old Polly Nabb just wants to play football and will do anything to make that happen. When her beloved older brother Joe is sent to the trenches, Polly begins work in a munitions’ factory with the sole aim of joining the renowned ‘Sparks’ ladies football team. Through the friendships she makes, and the football she plays, Polly learns about herself whilst the reader is able to learn plenty about life in 1913. The themes remain contemporary and relevant today – resilience, injustice and the value of friendship. The Sparks team is closely based on the famous Dick Kerr Ladies Football Club and there is additional reading at the end of the book for readers who want to find out more.

Published by Faber & Faber (400 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton