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Bruising' is the story of Merz's long love affair with the art of boxing - from throwing and receiving her first punches - to competing in an Australian amateur title fight and beyond. Boxing opens her to new ideas about what it means to be a woman it tests her courage as well as her physical limitations and connects her with others in unexpected ways. It provides her with the thrilling and often hilarious background against which to examine myths about feminine virtue and physical weakness.'Bruising' was short listed for the Dobbie Award in 2001 and this latest edition is updated with new material based on a trip to New York where Merz spent time training with the women at one of America's oldest and most famous boxing gyms.
- Port Campbell Press, March 2011
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