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Mr Darley S Arabian

Author : Christopher McGrath
ISBN : 9781848549845
Genre : History
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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award In 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that: and although Mr Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel. The story of racing is about man's relationship with horses, and Mr Darley's Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper - the racecourse has always brought high and low life together. McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings.
Category: History

Art Of The Race

Author : Amanda Lockhart
ISBN : 0956476465
Genre : Horse racing
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This exclusive travel guide guides the visitor through the most incredible activities to be found in Shanghai: savour the food of world-class chefs in Asia's most romantic two-seater salon; eat at the best holes-in-the-walls and discover local street food haunts; find the best tailors and quality cashmere, satins and brocades by the yard; expert ......
Category: Horse racing

Monsieur X

Author : Jamie Reid
ISBN : 9781472942319
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Patrice des Moutis was a handsome, charming and well educated Frenchman with an aristocratic family, a respectable insurance business, and a warm welcome in the smartest Parisian salons. He was also a compulsive gambler and illegal bookie. Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, des Moutis made a daring attempt to beat the French state-run betting system. With a genius for mathematics and a deep love and understanding of the horse-racing world – not to mention excellent relationships with all the top trainers and jockeys – he applied himself to his task with vigour and meticulous research. A series of spectacular coups netted him (and his friends, with whom he generously shared his predictions) the equivalent of millions of pounds, and soon saw him nicknamed Monsieur X and hailed as a hero by a public desperate to see someone get one over on the state. Des Moutis' success so alarmed the authorities that they repeatedly changed the rules of betting in an effort to stop him. And so a battle of wills began, all played out on the front pages of the daily newspapers as the general public willed des Moutis on to ever greater successes. He remained one step ahead of the authorities until finally the government criminalised his activities, driving him into the arms of the underworld. Eventually the net began to close, high-profile characters found themselves the target of the state's investigation, and people began turning up dead. This long-running cat and mouse game – with the law on one side and des Moutis and the gangsters on the other – is a dazzling tale of glamour, riches, violence and ultimately tragedy.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Forever Young

Author : Oliver Kay
ISBN : 1848669879
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Author : Paul Mathieu
ISBN : 1910498297
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From Mother To Mother

Author : Lisa Faulkner
ISBN : 9781471125621
Genre : Cooking
File Size : 26.34 MB
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The cookbook every mother has been waiting for: a down-to-earth collection of recipes for families to enjoy every day of the week, and to share from mother to mother. Filled with 100 delicious, quick and easy dishes, Lisa Faulkner’s latest book celebrates the joy of cooking and sharing recipes between family and friends. 'I believe that many of us cook and create by being given nuggets of inspiration. We take recipes and cook from them, and then we tweak them and add things and cook them again. That to me is the joy of cooking: sharing a love of food, a memory of why something tasted so good.' Lisa Faulkner Like most mums, Lisa Faulkner is always thinking of recipes for her family which are tasty and nourishing. Talking to other mothers and swapping recipes has been the greatest source of inspiration for her, so she invited those of her friends who are mothers to share their secrets in her brand new cookbook, From Mother to Mother. Lisa asked them what they liked to cook; what their family fallbacks are; their comfort dishes; and the meals they make for their families when time is short. This is a stunning collection of family recipes inspired by the women who know exactly what to put on the table when there are hungry mouths to feed, occasions to celebrate or when you simply want to create a delicious meal for your family to enjoy any day of the week. Containing Poultry, Meat, Fish, Veggie and Sweet recipes such as: Chicken, Pea and Pancetta Bake Cheat's Crispy Duck and Pancakes Ham Hock Carbonara Spicy Baked Eggs Hazelnut, Cherry and Amaretto Meringue Cake Pineapple Upside-down Pud Coconut Polenta Cake with Honey Syrup and Berries
Category: Cooking

William Hill

Author : Graham Sharpe
ISBN : 1909471429
Genre : Bookmakers (Gambling)
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This is the story of how a working class boy born into a family of 13 children in pre-First World War Birmingham grew up to revolutionise the world of betting and bookmaking.
Category: Bookmakers (Gambling)


Author : Rick Broadbent
ISBN : 9781472920249
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year "A runner must run with dreams in his heart." Emil Zatopek. In the summer of 1952 Emil Zatopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. Together with his wife Dana, who won another gold medal in the javelin, they were the embodiment of sporting romance. Born on the same day, they were champions on the same day too. Yet in 1968 this affable but eccentric Czech solider was betrayed by his Communist paymasters and cast out into wilderness. Hidden from world view, monitored by the secret police and forced to live in a caravan in mining country, he became the invisible hero. 'Endurance' is the first biography to document the remarkable rise, fall and rehabilitation of a man voted the 'greatest runner of all time' by 'Runner's World' in 2013. It is also the story of a golden age of sport played out against a backdrop of Cold War politics and paranoia. From the London Olympics of 1948 to Czech concentration camps, this is an uplifting and harrowing story of survival. As Emil rises to global fame, his old coach is locked up and tortured by StB henchmen. Their diverging paths expose the fickleness of popularity and eventually cross again when Zatopek's world is torn asunder. All both men can do is endure. The running world of this era is brought to life by dramatic accounts of Zatopek's great triumphs, manifold records and a rich collection of characters vying to dethrone him. In Britain the sharp-tongued Gordon Pirie falls foul of the media as he becomes obsessed with Zatopek and adopts increasingly-masochistic methods; mild-mannered marathon champion Jim Peters begins a quest that would make "women weep and grown men lose their lunch†?. In France Alain Mimoun crawls from the bloody carnage of his war-time exploits to overcome racial snubs and become known as Zatopek's Shadow; and in the Soviet Union, the tragic figure of Vladimir Kuts is moulded into a brutal running machine at huge cost. Only Zatopek manages to bridge this East-West divide as a savage power struggle is fought in both the Olympic arena and in the corridors of power. Due to extensive access to those involved, including Dana herself, award-winning Times author Rick Broadbent has written a vivid history involving blood and guns and a love that sustained the cruellest twists of fate. From heady nights at White City to the brave resistance during the Prague Spring, this is a book that plants the son of a carpenter at the very centre of a revolution. Whether talking to his rivals on the track or Red Army troops as tanks roll into Prague, Zatopek's humanity shines through and carries all. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story and a landmark tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing opposition. "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." Emil Zatopek
Category: Sports & Recreation

Best Australian Racing Stories

Author : Jim Haynes
ISBN : 9781742691442
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The finest collection of writing about horse racing includes short stories, verse and anecdotes from some of Australia's best-loved writers.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Byerley Turk

Author : Jeremy James
ISBN : 1873674988
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The true story of a horse born in a humble stable in the Balkans in 1678 who became the first foundation sire of the thoroughbred line.
Category: Sports & Recreation