Listen to the new episode of Pagecast! Iconic athlete Caster Semenya chats about her biography The Race to Be Myself
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In this week’s episode of Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Sias du Plessis chats with the phenomenal Caster Semenya about her new biography The Race to Be Myself.
‘Caster’s story isn’t just a tale of perseverance and poise, it’s a story that makes us all interrogate our humanity and the world we build with our actions every day. An essential read.’ – Trevor Noah
Aged 18, Semenya shot to fame on the global sporting stage for her blistering speed. But shrouding her monumental win were fierce rumours about her physical body rather than her phenomenal performance. Called ‘a threat to the sport’ and ‘not woman enough’, she found herself at the centre of the debate around the newly drawn line between gender and sport.
Throughout the intense speculation, harmful rumours and long legal battle she has remained quiet, letting her running do the talking until she was banned from competing and defending her Olympic title in 2020.
Now, Semenya is ready to own her story and tell it in full. In this book, Semenya speaks openly about growing up in a loving family and community that never regarded her as different, just Semenya; of her early years understanding her agency, sexuality and athletic ability; and of her infectious spirit and tenacity to be the best.
Told with conviction and humour, The Race To Be Myself is the story of a life lived in the spotlight, a manifesto for acceptance and change for all. This is the unforgettable story of one of the most recognisable athletes in the world, and of a woman’s journey to run free.
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