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UEL academic's book named one of the year's best by 'The Guardian'

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Sports Journalism's Dr Carrie Dunn praised for insightful book on women's football

A University of East London (UEL) academic’s book about women’s football in England has been named one of the top sports books of 2016 by The Guardian newspaper.

Dr Carrie Dunn’s The Roar of the Lionesses explores the national landscape of the game following England’s bronze medal-winning performance at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The Guardian journalist, Huw Richards, praised the book for offering valuable insight into women’s football. 

Dr Dunn, who leads UEL’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism programme, said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have made this prestigious shortlist. 

“The response I’ve had from critics and from readers since the book’s release has been overwhelming. It’s wonderful to know that the stories I tell, about why football matters so much to us all, have really struck a chord with people. 

“It’s also wonderful to know that people are taking an interest in the women’s game – all ready for next summer’s European Championships in the Netherlands.”

Dr Dunn spent 2015-2016 observing some of England’s best female footballers. The Roar of the Lionesses explores themes including what it is like to be a woman playing football for England’s national team and in the Women’s Super League; what goes on behind the scenes at the highest levels of the women’s game in England; and whether the English women’s football team achieve World Cup glory before their male counterparts.

Dr Dunn also looked at how the game is being played in England at grass-roots and lower levels.

The Roar of the Lionesses quickly earned acclaim after being released this summer by Pitch Publishing.

Jacqui Oatley, the well-known journalist and BBC sports presenter, called it a “fantastic and unique insight into the world of women’s football in England”.

Football writer Alex Stewart said it was "superbly researched and with excellent access to players and officials alike… fascinating and essential, a survey of the state of women's football". praised the book’s "crisp and humane writing”. selected it as one of four Books of the Month in The Football Calendar, August to November 2016.

In addition to her role as Sports Journalism programme leader at UEL, Dr Dunn is a freelance sports journalist and author. She has covered the last two Women's World Cups for The Times and for and is a regular radio pundit for matches.