Cold-cocked is the first book to explore a woman’s way of watching the game poet Al Purdy called a “combination of ballet and murder.” Written by author and born-again hockey aficionado Lorna Jackson, Cold-cocked looks at hockey through a woman’s eyes and heart but is written with a sportswriter’s energy and rigor and a hip cultural critic’s cynicism and wit.
“Jackson’s mix of the puck and the personal create a dense and rewarding read with precision detail sentences. She shoots – she scores!”—Grant Shilling, ABC Book World
“(Good) writing on female sports fans is scarce, writing that doesn’t just simply keep asking why women are drawn to sport and what keeps them interested, but rather explores those questions and actually looks at the ways female fans view, interact with, and relate to sport. Jackson does that, and it makes for a fascinating read.”—Afternoon Reads
Cold-Cocked “[is] energetic, stylish, brash, witty and biting…”—Joseph Planta, The Commentary