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Unladylike: A Grrrl's Guide to Wrestling

4.76  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Forget what you think you know about wrestling. In the world of Heather Honeybadger, aka Rana Venenosa, there are no steroids, no tans, no million-dollar contracts - there is only lycra, a sweaty underground club and an unbreakable resilience. From the day that Heather steps into the ring of the punk wrestling school Lucha Britannia, she finds herself transformed into a pe ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Unbound Digital
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Jack Shannon
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short version: This is a great book. Snappy and very readable.

Long version: This is a book which asks some very awkward questions. Not just about how women are viewed in wrestling, but how they are treated in wider society and the very difficult implications of that treatment. It raises some very tricky points about female physicality- how women's bodies are viewed and valued.

It is a book about wrestling, and gives some fantastic insights into the UK indie wrestling scene. The characters are p
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C Newton
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a light and enjoyable read that packs a serious punch, a life and love story that is also a disquisition on wrestling. It had me variously smiling or pensive in recognition, weeping in empathy, wincing with pain and laughing out loud. I have never been a wrestling fan, but, as a trainee midwife, I am fascinated by women's stories, the human condition, the varied paths of self-discovery. Any person could identify with the challenges the author faced, her struggles with self-belief, self-d ...more
Amy
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, witty and, at times, hard-hitting memoir about a young woman finding her identity and her place in the world through her absorption into the wrestling world.

Because, whilst Unladylike is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of London’s indie wrestling scene, it’s also an incredibly identifiable personal story about finding what makes you happy, and coming to terms with the varied aspects of your own personality and your place in the world. Heather
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Sarah Tibbatts
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lifting the lid on wrestling and baring her soul in one swoop, Heather Bandenburg digs deep into her own self doubt, fears, and physical frailties, relentlessly tested on her way to personal transformation and wrestling greatness as Rana Venenosa - The Poison Frog.

Falling into the friendly brutality of the world of lucha libre wrestling by accident, and following an often haphazard trajectory, somehow its cameraderie, ungainly elegance, caring violence and cathartic showmanship raised her up fr
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Jason
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book for fans of wrestling, growth journeys and funny anecdotes, and you don't need to know a thing about wrestling to enjoy it.

I'm a wrestling fan so I was looking forward to learning more about the London indy scene and the steps one must take from 1st training session to appearing in front of 1000 people on a major show, and this book did not disappoint. But its more than that, its really about believing in yourself, pushing yourself and being honest with yourself to t
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Kirsty
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heather Bandeburg's memoir about her life as wrestler on the London underground Lucha scene is as hilarious as it is insightful into the world of participating in a male-dominated sport as a young, feminist woman with endometriosis.

I absolutely breezed through this book and would recommend it as a summer holiday read, or as a gift to young adolescent women who need a confidence boost to achieve their goals.
Bex Lawrence
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing read, takes you through Heather's Journey and is a page turner, I'm not a big reader and I read it in under 2 days.
Heather's book has made me realise what wrestling is not just the WWE take on it.
Hannah W
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! I've read dozens of books on wrestling and almost none of them examine the subject in a way that's so relatable. It's moving, funny and an portrayal of what it's like being a woman in wrestling, a subject that needs more books like this.
Anna Thomas
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting book. I knew nothing about wrestling but I found the wrestling parts easy to access and interesting, and I'm always interested in hearing about women's experiences and using that to develop my own feminism.
Lapinus Morgan
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Kwaku Osei-Afrifa
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An insightful to a weird and wacky world I've admired from afar on TV and never knew existed so close by. Heather is a hero.
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