August 2, 2019

Megan Rapinoe lands book deal following World Cup domination


Megan Rapinoe: deserves this. (Wikicommons, under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Earlier in the summer, we wrote about the Women’s World Cup and its potentially transformative impact on the way society views the sport. We speculated on whether more books on the subject would ensure a greater legacy beyond those few heady weeks in France. And lo! And behold! We were right!

Last week news emerged that the tournament’s breakout star Megan Rapinoe has scored a new book deal with Penguin Press, for a memoir about her life and career. She has also joined up with Razorbill for a middle-grade children’s book on “social justice and change.” The memoir is expected to hit shelves in Autumn 2020. As reported in the Huffington Post, Penguin Press president Ann Godoff expressed her delight at the signing:

“A lot of women, great women soccer players, have written memoirs … I thought, ‘Here’s a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.’”

Rapinoe, who caused controversy earlier in the summer by stating she was “not going to the f*cking White House” if the squad was invited following their win, recently stood by her comments, with one slight qualification: she would go, but only if she was being inaugurated. For such legendary behaviour we have no choice but to, as I believe the kids say, stan. She was also criticised during this year’s tournament for *reads notes* celebrating her own success?! Are you sure? Like, have you seen [insert name of literally any male footballer] recently? To the critics she had but one response: “I deserve this.”

Book deals like this are another positive step forward for women’s football, as it attempts not just to replicate the commercial success of their male counterparts, but also to spread the open, inclusive message that forms an inherent part of the culture. Now there’s something the men’s game could learn a thing or two about.



Tom Clayton is publishing executive at Melville House UK.