Tennis, golf, hockey, toboganning, skating, archery: not many sports stars these days could claim such a wide variety of sporting prowess, but the first female sports superstar Lottie Dod was a true heroine of women’s sports. Little Wonder: The Extraordinary Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar by Sasha Abramsky tells the epic, and until now largely unchronicled, story of Lottie Dod, who in the late 19th century was almost certainly the second most famous woman in the British Isles, bested only by the fame of Queen Victoria. Yet within a decade or two of her retirement from sport, she had faded into obscurity, and this book brings Lottie’s remarkable achievements back into the public eye in a fascinating story of resilience and determination. From Wimbledon champion at the age of just 15 to silver medallist in archery at the 1908 Olympics, Lottie Dod’s sporting achievements richly deserve to be widely known. Little Wonder is being published today June 3rd, and is available on our website here, on Waterstones here, or on Bookshop.org here.
Author Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist, writer, public speaker and university lecturer at U.C. Davis, who has had a lifelong obsession with tennis. Learn more in the below podcast between Sasha and Bob D’Angelo, where he talks more about his inspiration behind writing this book.
“An adroitly written biography . . . Abramsky offers a fascinating portrait of the life of this forgotten sports heroine in fluid prose. Little Wonder is a worthy addition to the sports literature.”New York Journal of Books