Bolton School Former Pupils

Boxer's Diary Reveals Highs and Lows

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Old Girl Marion Dunn (1974-1981) decided on a whim to take up boxing at the age of 50. Six years later, she still enjoys the sport and has written a book about her experiences. ‘The Boxing Diaries’ is now on sale, published by Saraband.

The book began its existence as Marion’s boxing diary. What was initially a training aid became a repository for her reflections on the highs and lows of learning to box in her fifties, from the dramas of the gym to the camaraderie she found there. After the gruelling first six weeks, in spite of exhaustion, pain and incredulity from members of her family, she was hooked. The book tells of how she fell in love with the sport and her journey from that first training session to eventually sparing against real opponents in the boxing ring.

Marion was interviewed about her book on BBC Breakfast TV on Thursday 16 January 2020 and her story in her own words was featured this month in The Guardian. She will also appear on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Monday 27 January 2020.

She has a number of events lined up in the coming weeks and months: the official book launch at Victoria Hall, Settle, on Tuesday 28 January 2020 (7.00pm); a talk and signing at Waterstones on King Street, Lancaster, on Tuesday 25 February 2020 (6.30-8.00pm); and a talk at Bolton Library on 7 April 2020 (6.30-8.00pm). Old Girls are welcome to attend these forthcoming events to show their support and pick up signed copies of ‘The Boxing Diaries’.


Portrait image (c) Steve Finch

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