Diary of a Female Wrestler
New English Library, London, 1976
To Sherron - who managed to break more than one rib throwing her stepfather
dedication: To Sherron - who managed to break more than one rib throwing her stepfather
The blurb on the back:
Trudi Maxwell was twenty-one - and still a virgin. On her birthday her father, a professional wrestler, delivered a bombshell with her present - a letter saying that he was running off with another woman. Resilient Trudi knew she had to support her mother, and so she turned to the only game she knew well - wrestling.
You might not have guessed that Trudi Maxwell was yet another pseudonym used by James Moffatt (the man who gave us Richard Allen), but you would have had a decent bet on it being a male writer. Writing a first-person narrative with a gender change is a tricky business, and one that Moffatt doesn't pull off.
Frankly this is appalling stuff. At 128 pages, it's about a hundred pages too long, and you can't help but think that the research technique is given away by one of the characters: 'I've watched some of the documentary television versions of what goes on in the wrestling world of women.'
You might be beter off checking out some proper books on wrestling.
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ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5
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