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The Racing Man's Bedside Book

Racing, the most colourful of sports, holds many in thrall. Some can't resist it because they love horses, others because they own horses, ride or train horses, and of course a huge number enjoy the betting. Racing embraces them all, and this bedside book of racing stories, anecdotes, reminiscences, poems and observations is as varied and rich as the racing scene itself.

Many of the great names of racing, past and present, are included, as well as others that are less expected: Jeffrey Bernard, Jack Leach, Dick Francis, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Benjamin Disraeli, David Ashforth, Anthony Trollope, Siegfried Sassoon, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin, Emile Zola, and more.

The six sections in the book encompass Horses, Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, the Players and the great Racing Festivals. Stories that bring out the worst and the best in human nature sit side by side. There are over fifty entries of enticing and gripping reading.

Julian Bedford, racing journalist, has delved deep and searched wide to bring together a bedside book that must be the perfect gift and bedside companion for every racing man and woman.

Author: Julian Bedford
ISBN: 978 1 873674 69 7
Published: October 1997
Latest edition: February 2004
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
Price: £18.95

The Racing Man's Bedside Book by Julian Bedford

Press reviews

Reviewed in Sporting Life Weekender in October 1997

'In such a collection of gems it's hard to pick a favourite.'


Reviewed in Racing Post in October 1997

'There are no duds in this book.'


Reviewed in The Field in October 1997

'I recommend this book as a present for any racing friend.'


Reviewed in The Times in October 1997

'A compilation of some of the best writing about horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and the great racing fesitivals.'


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