An Evening with Carrie Dunn at Waterstones, Birmingham


Join Waterstones, Birmingham for a fantastic evening with Carrie Dunn who will be in conversation with Mat Kendrick to discuss her new book ‘Unsuitable for Females’: The Rise of the Lionesses and Women’s Football in England. This is an event not to be missed.

Thursday 8th September 2022
18:00 at Waterstones, Birmingham

About the Book:

England’s Lionesses are on the front and back pages; their stars feature on prime-time television; they are named in the national honours lists for their contribution to their sport and to society. The names of Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Ellen White are emblazoned across the backs of children’s replica jerseys. These women are top athletes – and top celebrities.

But in 1921, the Football Association introduced a ban on women’s football, pronouncing the sport ‘quite unsuitable for females’…find out about the subversive women who kept organising their teams and matches despite the prohibition, who broke barriers and set records – the legends of the game who built the foundations of the stage upon which today’s stars flourish.

About the author:

Carrie is a sports writer who has covered the last three Women’s World Cups for the Times and Eurosport. She has also worked regularly for both in-house as well as the Guardian and other publishing houses.

She has a PhD in sports sociology, and has published on women’s football, the game’s history and the fandom.


“It now feels extraordinary how invisible women have been in the history of sport – gaps that are starting to fill like in the insightful work of Carrie Dunn’s Unsuitable for Females. She does great job recreating the past, taking us to the present and raising questions. More of that please!”- Guillem Balague, football broadcaster and expert

“Carrie Dunn’s passion for her subject is there on every page. A brilliantly researched and important book.”- Adrian Durham, football broadcaster and award-winning author

“When it comes to women’s football and the history of the Lionesses, Carrie always brings expertise at the back, amazing research in centre midfield and never misses up front when it comes to passion!”- Colin Murray, presenter and writer

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Thursday 08 Sep 2022
Waterstones, Birmingham. United Kingdom