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Born to Punt: Steve Palmer's Betting Year [Hardcover]

Steve Palmer
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22 Feb 2011
Steve Palmer is that rare commodity, a journalist with a huge and very loyal following for his regular columns in the "Racing Post". His many thousands of fans enjoy his idiosyncratic and amusing interpretation of his own and others betting activities as well as life in general. Where others see pain and misery Steve inevitably sees a unique and amusing angle. "Born to Punt" brings the best of Palmer's often hilarious anecdotes and stories together under one roof for the first time. These stories frequently involve the hideous misfortune and sometime joy which befalls the many of millions of punters who regularly bet each week.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Raceform Ltd (22 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905156839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156832
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Palmer's a legend. I remember trying to prepare for a game one Sunday and couldn't stop laughing at his column. --Michael Owen, England and Manchester United footballer

I've found a punter worse than me! His diary is the first thing I check on a Sunday morning - a must read. --Paul Merson, ex-England footballer and Sky Sports pundit

I love reading Steve's column. He's chasing the dream and I hope one day he fulfilsl it. --Dietmar Hamann, former Liverpool and Germany football star

I've found a punter worse than me! His diary is the first thing I check on a Sunday morning - a must read. --Paul Merson, ex-England footballer and Sky Sports pundit

I love reading Steve's column. He's chasing the dream and I hope one day he fulfilsl it. --Dietmar Hamann, former Liverpool and Germany football star

About the Author

STEVE PALMER has been a columnist for the "Racing Post" for most of his working life. His column The View from the Sofa - reviewing the day's TV coverage - was a 'must-read' feature. He is now a leading golf betting analyst as well as being a weekly diarist.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster of emotions! 1 Mar 2011
By Riches
Format:Hardcover
Having read the very odd entry from Palmer's weekend diary entry, this was a must buy for any betting enthusiast. I spent 4 hours charging across London in order to have a copy for Monday mornings light reading on the train to work and the ensuing journeys; that plan is already out the window having finished the book by Monday evening! The joy of my 4 hour escapade on Friday was that I benefited with 2 hours immediate reading time!

Absolutely hilarious from the start! For anyone that is regularly involved in financial combat with the bookmakers, or simply intrigued into what makes thousands of people regularly frit away their finances on a variety of sports, Steve's account is frightfully recognisable. Chasing the dream! The lazy boy lifestyle led with his accomplice through various fast-food establishments adds the required light humour!

I very rarely have a financial interest in golf tournaments which is Steve's main betting medium, but will follow his Wednesday column in the Racing Post with closer interest from now on in order to understand how his Sunday evenings entail! I even considered tonight that he is probably on the losing end of West Brom's controversial equaliser - having begun to understood his betting patterns and choices so carefully. I feel your pain Steve!

Sensational read, hopefully inspires more non-professional gamblers to come out with honest in sites into their gambling exploits instead of the current array of titles on offer purely highlighting their major gambles - no rollercoaster ride in those books unlike Steve's!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel 14 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is without doubt the most tedious and badly written book on betting that it has ever been my misfortune to buy, it only cost me 5p and at that it was overpriced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book since the Bible 11 Mar 2011
By Ali
Format:Hardcover
could not put this thrilling adventure down, read it cover to cover over the weekend and couldn't sleep a wink!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We await the update 3 Oct 2012
By Nicnic
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you know what its like to wake up in this predominantly terrible, infuriating, venal and nihilistically sad story we're all living in, then you know that you need destractions...

Man made sport...man made sports betting...

But it is WE who decide how far we take it.....and steve palmer has accompanied the theatre with an attempt to make a few quid to support and fuel his love of the games that men play, existing along side them and turning a hope into a dream.

This book outlines all the glory and hope and failure and success a regular man can have in this torturous sham of a society...

We await the update master palmer....youve been doin well recently...

we await the facespit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ifs and putts 25 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
This does what it says on the tin - SP tells the tale of his numerous wagers throughout 2010
He is convinced that if can land a big win (minimum 30,000) he'll have a big enough kitty to abandon his 'day job' on the Racing Post and become a professional gambler.
Anyone who likes a bet will be able to relate to his string of near-misses.
It's also something of a cautionary tale as his available funds dry up as Christmas is coming.
Steve writes with a refreshing candour which makes this an entertaining and brisk read.
But he seems destined to fail with his long-term aim, largely through a lack of self-discipline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any punter !!! 22 Mar 2012
By Westy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As regular Racing Post buyer but not a Palmer column reader (I will be now)I came upon this book by accident - but what a glorious accident!! A brilliant 'unputdownable' read and a must for any punter. Steve Palmer's 'warts and all' diary tells a familiar tale to all of us who 'love a punt' - the wonderful highs and disastrous lows are here in all their glory. Palmer's anti hero approach to life is refreshingly honest and utterly hilarious. I have opened a Twitter account just so I can keep up to date with his antics !!! Great read - thoroughly recommended. Get a girlfriend Steve - it might be the only thing that can save you!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pub Bookie Pub Bookie Pub Bookie Pub Bookie 3 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
This was great. Simple honest diary of a committed sports (mainly golf) punter and enthusiastic beer drinker with an ambition to give himself a large enough betting bank to work with. It's amusing and I find myself willing him to win the BIG one that will give him what he needs. As the diary days passed by, I found myself genuinely disappointed when he reported losses. His scatter-gun approach may hit the target one day; I hope it does - he deserves a bit of luck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Whens the next one out ?
Never lay up or lay off!.An easy pick up is hard to find.Steve Palmers diary is honest to a tee,i dont think i have ever left a pub early to see what an English ginger is up to... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by M v young
4.0 out of 5 stars only for the truly addicted gambler
not a book to buy if you`re looking at how to gamble succesfully,in fact it`s the reverse,what palmer does though,in his uniquely talented way is to portray the true feelings of... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by tommo27
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Having read a couple of articles of Steve Palmer's blog on the Racing Post website, I was delighted to see he had brought out a book. I was certainly not disappointed. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by JordanC
1.0 out of 5 stars This book should only be used to line the litter tray.
By far the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to read.Words can't even begin to describe this utter rubbish.I would not give this book to my worst enemy. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by Barings Bank
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read
Born to punt , quite possibly the funniest book I've ever read.
Steve Palmer will never have a serious relationship with a lady unless he curbs his love of mcdonalds , pizza... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Matt Allcott
1.0 out of 5 stars No Great Shakes - a bit pointless
I was tempted to buy this book having heard Palmer on the radio and read the reviews. Being an inveterate gambler myself (horses and football) I thought the book would contain some... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Colin Mayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Thorougly entertaining read whilst enjoying a large glass of Red! However would like to see more about selection criteria/betting strategies etc, or maybe that could form the basis... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by NEIL374
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