Rough Magic: Riding the world's wildest horse race. (Hardback)Lara Prior-Palmer (author)
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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2019
The Mongol Derby is the world's toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don't make it to the finish line.
In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer - nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown - decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses.
In one of the Derby's most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race. A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman's encounter with oblivion, and herself.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm
'No GPS, not enough snacks and rivalry with a pink-clad blonde ... a compelling memoir that resists the cliches' - The Guardian
'Rough Magic is transporting, beguiling and terrifically entertaining.' - The Daily Mail
'Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer's memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance - and a classic underdog tale.' - Entertainment Weekly
'Prior-Palmer's style is a fascinating mix of pep and poignancy. A really terrific story by a spirited new voice.' - Sara Baume
'[Prior-Palmer's] gorgeous, sensual depiction of this race is a literary marvel; it feels like you are riding alongside her across the desolate steppes; her verbal acuity makes vivid the most elusive of landscapes; her triumph becomes ours.' -Nylon
'In this sensual, spiritual memoir, Prior-Palmer recounts her grueling journey through immense physical hardship, and her surprising transformation from underdog to champion.' - Esquire
'Absolutely riveting.' - Buzzfeed
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