Days Like These (Paperback)Jamie Reid (author)
Paperback 226 Pages / Published: 18/09/2003
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"Days Like These" is a personal, autobiographical account of one man's passionate love affair with horse racing and betting. It chronicles the origins and consequences of his obsession with the sport and his addiction to gambling on it, through good times and bad. By interweaving dramatic racing moments with key episodes from his own experiences, Reid shows how a love of "the turf" can transform and intensify everyday life. The book celebrates some of the great racing personalities of the last 40 years - from Sir Peter O'Sullevan and Lester Piggott to JP McManus and Captain Ryan Price - and focuses on some of the most prestigious horses, including Arkle and Dawn Run in particular. Beginning with an account of a #10,000 gamble at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival and concluding with the jubilation of a 16-1 Derby Day triumph, Reid evokes the people, the faces, the smells of reeking fast food, and the potent adrenalin-charged atmosphere of the track. As well as being a vivid portrayal of horse racing life, this is also a book about fathers and sons, grandmothers and grandsons, and the path from childhood to adulthood. There is a portrait of Reid's eccentric gambling-mad grandmother and a graphic description of the stifling horrors of conventional schooling and small town life in late 1950s and 1960s England, from which Reid escaped through horse racing.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 25 mm
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