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Little Wonder tells the epic, and until now largely unchronicled, story of Lottie Dod, the first great heroine in women’s sports. Dod was a champion tennis player, golfer, hockey player, tobogannist, skater, mountaineer, and archer. She was also a first-rate musician, performing numerous choral concerts in London in the 1920s and 1930s, including in a private performance before the King and Queen.
In the late 19th century, Dod was almost certainly the second most famous woman in the British Isles, bested only by the fame of Queen Victoria. She was fawned over by the press, and loved by a huge fan base – which composed poems and songs in her honor, followed her from one tournament to the next, voraciously read every profile published on her and every report on her sporting triumphs.
Yet, within a decade or two of her retirement from sports, Dod was largely a forgotten figure. She lived, unmarried and childless, until 1960, and for the last half of her life she was shrouded in obscurity. In this new book, Sasha Abramsky brings Lottie's remarkable achievements back into the public eye in a fascinating story of resilience and determination.
Abramsky (Jumping at Shadows) documents in this engrossing page turner the inspiring life of forgotten sports phenomenon Lottie Dod (1871 1960), who blazed a trail for women sports superstars today. Dod was born into a wealthy family in Liverpool, England, and dominated six sports over 25 years, becoming the youngest person to win Wimbledon in 1887 at the age of 15, gaining the nickname "Little Wonder" and going on to win four more times. Dod, "always eager for something new," challenged men to matches, including Wimbledon champion William Renshaw and Scottish champion Harry Grove (and beat them both in 1888) before moving on to conquer another sport. In 1893, she trained for months in St. Moritz and became the world's best female ice skater, then joined Elizabeth Main in summiting many of Norway and Switzerland's most difficult mountains, and later competed in endurance bicycle treks across Europe. Dod won the British Ladies' Golf Championship in 1904, and then claimed a silver medal in archery at the 1908 London Olympics. Throughout, Abramsky details the evolution of women's roles in society and sports through Dod's triumphs; her athleticism and fight for respect, Abramsky notes, contrasted with the Victorian views of women being fragile, and helped pave the way for suffragists. This astute history is a must read for sports fans and women's studies' students.