For the first time at an Olympic Games, the 10 men's Boxing events at London 2012 will be joined by three women's events.
Written in honest, original prose, sharp with imagery and a love of place, debut author Louise Walsh tells a warm, no-holds-barred story of a Cardiff girl who refuses to throw in the towel.
Lizzie is a young woman who’s taken a few knocks in life.
But she’s still standing and looking to her love of boxing to see her through. She’s not quite sure where it comes from, this passion for the ring, it could be her grandad and the faded photo she has of him boxing for Wales in a red vest and home-made shorts…
Reeling from divorce, jobless and living back home with her embittered father, Lizzie throws everything into boxing training, treating herself to lessons from an ex-pro. Then she meets up with a bunch of old-time trainers at a Valleys gym, who take the lonely city girl under their wing. Despite battles with her weight and other demons, Lizzie seems to be ahead on points. But will she ever get to wear that longed-for red vest….
Walsh peers into the macho world of boxing with tenderness and telling humour, and discovers that maybe the barriers that separate men and women aren’t so high after all.
<p>louise walsh is a multi talented new author who is sure to create a stir in the literary world! her debut novels reflects the dedication and spirit as Ms Walsh fights her way through life touching the soul of all who she meets! I wish her all the best of luck and know that she will be as succesful an author as she was as a real life female boxer! the shows not over till the pretty lady throws a punch!</p>
<p>I was given this book as a present and hadn't expected to enjoy it having no interest in boxing but was pleasantly surprised. The characters are beautifully developed, there are some fantastic descriptions in it and she shows great insight into human nature. I live in Cardiff and so recongnise many of the locations mentioned but wherever you live it's a great read.</p>
<p>A truly masterful debut novel. The authors sense of place is unsurpassed - anybody who knows the valleys will recognise them well. Original subject matter, excellent characterisation, sustained and superbly crafted plot lines and a clear affection for the subject. An outstanding read.</p>