A powerful memoir from one of Britain's most inspiring women.
**LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019**
First class honors law degree. 102 appearances for England women’s national football team. First female pundit on Match of the Day. UN Women UK ambassador. Guardian columnist.
All of these achievements belong to Eni Aluko, who, with her forthcoming memoir They Don't Teach This, is keen to share her experiences, aiming to inspire readers to be the best possible versions of themselves. Aluko was appointed UN Women UK ambassador with a focus on promoting gender empowerment in 2016, and in October 2018 she was named by Marie Claire as one of ten Future Shapers Award Winners, recognising individuals who are changing women’s futures for the better. She is currently playing football for Juventus in Italy and writing a weekly column for The Guardian.
They Don’t Teach This steps beyond the realms of memoir to explore themes of dual nationality and identity, race and institutional prejudice, success, failure and faith. It is an inspiring manifesto to change the way readers and the future generation choose to view the challenges that come in their life applying life lessons with raw truths of Eni’s own personal experience.
“They Don't Teach This is a fascinating examination of her multiple identities – British and Nigerian, a girl in a boy's world, footballer and academic, a kid from an estate with upper-middle-class parents, a God-fearing rebel… Aluko does not hold back – and few people from the football establishment emerge with their reputation intact”
“They Don’t Teach This pays homage to a fantastic career and extraordinary life so far in Aluko’s own words. The book will undoubtedly bring to fruition the legacy she has worked hard to build… Eni Aluko grows from strength to strength… Raw, honest and unapologetic”
Courtney Hill, Give Me Sport
“An eye-opening account”
Molly Hudson, The Times