Clara: The ‘Champion Swimmer of the World’...the politician’s wife...the owner of an exclusive hotel...the penniless re-cipient of public charity. Were they all the same Granville Ferry girl?
"The ‘hidden histories’ ofineteenth-century working-class women represent a significant gap in the historiography of sport and leisure. Ern Dick has collated a wide range of materials to pro-vide a picture of one such life that highlights the social complexities and constraints that faced women in this period. The narrative further celebrates how female entrepreneur-ship and self-determination were able to cir-cumnavigate some of the negative aspects of patriarchal dominance."
- David Day, co-author of Swimming Communities in Victorian England
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