A Proper Spectacle – Extracts from Press Reviews
'A Proper Spectacle – Women Olympians 1900-1936' has been used as the basis for many press articles. The book has been mentioned as source for articles published by British newspapers like the Times, Daily Express and Sunday Telegraph and, in the USA, featured in the Chicago Tribune. The authors have been interviewed for radio and TV broadcasts all over the world.
Extract from 'The Olympian' book review
'Nothing could be more appropriate or meaningful than to produce a book concentrating upon those early years 1900-1936, when women athletes suffered and struggled against prejudice and ignorance to gain acceptance and recognition. With consummate success this is exactly what authors Stephanie Daniels and Anita Tedder have achieved with their 'A Proper Spectacle' a well researched and illustrated book containing many historical facts. It makes fascinating and compulsive reading.'
Extract from review in the Journal of the International Society of Olympic Historians
'The authors have made contact with many female participants from the pre-World War 11 Games who have provided an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of the Games from an athletes point of view. (The book) provides an a fascinating and revealing insight into the Olympic world for women in the early days. An added advantage of establishing so many worldwide contacts is that the Olympians themselves have readily supplied hitherto unpublished photographs from their family albums and this adds considerable to an excellent pioneering work.'
Robinson, Australia (Athlete 1928 Amsterdam Olympics) - June 28th 2000
Cavanidou Lanitis, Greece (Athlete 1936 and 1948 Olympics) - May 20th 2000
Vivenza Devoti, Italy (Athlete 1928 Olympics) - May 5th 2000
Vi ringrazio di cuore e vi auguro tanto successo nel lavoro e nella vita.
From Pat Down
Norton, Australia (Swimmer 1936 Olympics) - 20th April 2000
Steph - 31st March 2000
In June we were featured on BBC Radio 4s Womens' Hour. Audrey Brown (British silver medalist in the relay at Berlin in 1936) did the show with us and was totally brilliant. She thrilled listeners with her stories. The book has also received some great reviews, not least of all with our first national coverage in the London Times of May 25th. We are hoping to get some of the reviews on this site soon.
Cranley, Sydney, Australia - 30th March 2000
This website and accompanying book are not only important as historical records of the rise of women in sport, but they paint vivid pictures for us of triumph, tragedy and tremendous personal achievement. If only all historical research could be so inspiring!
- 30th March 2000
Bedfordshire - 28th March 2000