Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/03/2024
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Greta Gerwig Meets Million Dollar Baby!
This book was an incredibly interesting read - to its core it was, in the most positive way, uneventful. Nothing really happened. But Bullwinkel’s writing ... READ MORE
Leigh  Boyle
Ladies Who Punch
It’s the Women’s 18 & under Daughters of America Cup and eight of the most promising female fighters in the US gather to fight it out over the two-day tour... READ MORE
Gorgeous, visceral, and evocative!
Daunt Books very kindly sent me a paperback of this to read and review, and I can confirm it lived up to my expectations. I found Headshot to be a gorgeous... READ MORE
Midah Guilbaud-Walter
A stunning debut novel
I loved the cover of this but when I read it was about boxing, I was sceptical as to whether I would enjoy it - I was gladly mistaken. In this stunning deb... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells


Headshot is the story of the eight best teenage girl boxers in the United States, told over the two days of a championship tournament and structured as a series of face-offs. As the girls’ pasts and futures collide, the specific joy and violence of the sport comes to life with electric energy, and a portrait emerges of the desire, envy, perfectionism, madness and sheer physical pleasure that motivates each of these young women to fight.

This is a novel about the radicalness and strangeness of being physically intimate with another human when you are measuring your own body, through competition, against theirs. What does the intimacy of a physical competition feel like? What does it mean to walk through life in the bodies we’ve been given, and what does it mean to use those bodies with abandon?

Funny, propulsive, obsessive and ecstatic, Headshot is equal parts subtle and intense, as it brings us to the sidelines of the ring and above and beyond it, examining closely the eight girls’ lives, which intersect for a moment – a universe that shimmers and resonates.

  • Publisher: Daunt Books
  • ISBN: 9781914198724
  • Number of pages: 232
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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