Famous writers and the sports they played

The Olympic Games in Rio can inspire many writing pros to flex their muscles. See if these authors’ feats of athleticism can motivate you to move.

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I made quite a few surprising discoveries.

Jane Austen

As a woman of the regency era, Jane Austen “was not expected to unduly exert herself while exercising.” Swinging, playing hoops, seesawing, archery and bowls and nine pins were the “acceptable” sports and were the ones she most likely would have played.

(Source: Regency Ladies at Play)

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Agatha Christie

While living in South Africa, Christie was introduced to surfing. “It was occasionally painful as you took a nosedive down into the sand, but on the whole it was an easy sport and great fun,” she said. She became adept at the sport and surfed along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

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