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Lioness - My Journey to Glory: Winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year

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I love Beth Mead and I became especially fascinated by her during the Euros when she ended up being the top scorer. Beth Mead is one of the world’s most talented footballers – Golden Boot winner and Player of the Tournament at the UEFA Euro 2022, England Player of the Year 2021-22, Arsenal Player of the Season 2021-22, and runner-up for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. I remember being so sad for all the missed possibilities under the belief that we were about to be knocked out by Spain in the quarters, the adrenaline of the hope that we still had a chance, and the utter elation when we got through to the semis. So is being a non football fan in London is hard being a female footballer is a billion times more difficult, which is what makes Beth and the other Lioness' story even more incredible.

Just like Megan Rapinoe’s One Life, this was a great insight into what it’s actually like for female footballers, but this time from a British perspective. I also loved how open and honest she was with the harder side of football, and the harder side of stepping outside of your comfort zone.If, like me, you followed last summer's European Championships, you would have shared in the euphoria and pride at our Lionesses winning the trophy after a hard-fought final versus Germany.

In seeing how fragile life truly was, I found a new motivation to enjoy every aspect of life, and live every moment.From being placed in the local boys' team as a child because her mum wanted her to run off her boundless energy to joining Middlesbrough FC's Centre of Excellence and making her professional debut at Sunderland, Beth and women's football have come a long way. From being placed in the local boys’ team as a child because her mum wanted her to run off her boundless energy, to joining Middlesbrough FC’s Centre of Excellence and making her professional debut at Sunderland, Beth and women’s football have come a long way. It opens with a prologue detailing the disappointment of not making it to the 2020 Olympics, and then moves on to tell us her whole football journey from childhood to the 2022 Euros. Now, Beth shares the challenges that shaped her, what she faced on the journey to the top, and the life events that made her stronger, from being dropped from the England squad and receiving devastating family news to finding her best form under the guidance of Jonas Eidevall and Sarina Wiegman. You only have to look on social media to see the nonsense these young women have to put up with just because they want to play football.

I remember the days of, football is for boys, you can't play with us and I am pleased to see that sport is moving in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go. It's inspiring, well-written, and filled with anecdotes of some of the most important moments in Beth Mead's life– from signing with her now-club Arsenal to winning the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 with England's Lionesses– and everything in between. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.I got through the book quite quickly, and felt myself reliving the Euros and the emotions I felt watching the games. The book starts with a dark time in Beth's life, then goes back to her childhood, her family, and of course, her start in football till the current day. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

Now, Beth shares the challenges that shaped her, what she faced on the journey to the top, and the life events that made her stronger - from being dropped from the England squad and receiving devastating family news, to finding her best form under the guidance of Jonas Eidevall and Sarina Wiegman. i started reading this book with the view of “oh i like beth mead, let’s read this” but as i got further into the book, i realised just how much i related to beth, from her mental journey, to the locations (eg southampton, whitby, and st albans).

They’ve transformed women’s football and I’m so excited to continue to follow and support the growth of the game. Motivational, touching, and very grounded in humanity, it's a great read that's left me excited to see what Beth does next in her football career. It really opened my eyes to the journey that these women have to take (unlike Saka, who I absolutely adore, being signed to Arsenal’s Academy at about 8 years of age). Her talent was quickly identified and she eventually signed for WSL side Sunderland before joining Arsenal.

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