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Finished Last at Folkestone: One Man's Ambition to Visit All 60 UK Racecourses Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2011


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848767676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848767676
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading this fascinating book took me on a journey to every racecourse in Britain. John's work will certainly appeal to racing enthusiasts but I hope it reaches the wider audience it certainly deserves. The heart-warming story of the love between father and son shines from every page, sharing the humorous and varied experiences from course to course. If you are looking for a tale of racegoing revelry, family bonds and a passion for the Sport of Kings then this is definitely the book for you. -- Andy Gibson Racing analyst and pro punter. I first came across John whilst working for Racing UK at Carlisle a couple of years ago. Our paths have crossed a number of times since due to one horse - the redoubtable Matmata De Tendron. Andy Crook's grey has been a regular on the northern circuit for more years than I care to remember and he clearly takes after his owners when it comes to enthusiasm and the will to win. John has witnessed all 8 of his career wins and he was also on duty at Cheltenham on New Year's Day in 2006 when watching Burnt Oak taste Listed success in a bumper. Indeed, trekking up and down the country to watch his beloved horses has become a way of life for John. You will soon realise after reading a couple of pages of this book how much passion the author has for the sport. --Mark Howard Author and Racing UK pundit.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hereford Veteran on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
After hearing about the book on a European Radio Station I decided to purchase the book, the author John sounded such a card in the interview I knew I was in for a treat! Although I am not a huge racing fan it was a fantastic read! It gave great info for all race goers on places to go at the venues but the stories John had to tell whilst getting around these tracks were very funny indeed! Although it must of been tough I think he really enjoyed it!

John if you read this my tip to you is now do all the football grounds in the country following bizarre matches and do a sequel!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT BOOK AND DON'T STOP!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the northernraider on 19 Dec. 2011
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Finished Last at Folkestone: One Man's Ambition to Visit All 60 UK RacecoursesHaving heard about the book on the National Hunt racegoing grapevine, i had to get it, not specifically because of the content itself (although an incredible achievement) but the sheer amazement that somebody from Swinton was actually capable of penning such an offering. Born and raised in neighbouring Salford ,we had always been led to believe (often with plenty of substance) that the "noisy neighbours" were illiterate and that books were like "Kryptonite" to Swinton Folk.

After receiving my copy and immediately being hit by the author John's ugly mug, surging out of the starting stalls, i presumed my earlier preconceptions of Swintoners was indeed correct. However, i couldn't have been further from the truth , John seems to have found this often craved and seldom found literary skill, that of making the reader appear part of the story, you groan, you laugh ,you wince, often as if you were in that position, and it was "You" who was actually there. It reminded me of the sit-com Phoenix Nights now in paperback.

Rather than spoil it for everybody , i would strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying a great book, from a first time author, should give consideration to Finished Last At Folkstone..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Girl on 19 Dec. 2011
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I know absolutely nothing about racing, on the few occasions I have been to any race meet I have been that woman saying 'Oh what the heck, it's got a cool name. Now how do I place a bet again?' (something not lost on the author!) so I was worried that I wouldn't understand a blind word of this book. I am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Finished Last at Folkestone. This is down to the tales of family, football, laughter and heartache that interlink the authors visits to the courses, as well as the often hilarious adventures that he and his friends and family seem to attract and then enjoy or endure. Horrible hotel rooms, toe-curlingly embarrassing moments, slight over-inebriation, and friendly people from all walks of life that unexpectedly enter our own lives are something that everyone can relate to and make this book extremely readable.

I did approach this book with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. I needn't have worried, if a non-racing person like me can enjoy, and more importantly, understand this book I'm sure anyone with even a small amount of racing knowledge will enjoy it too. Go buy it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Naughty on 13 Dec. 2011
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Not just for racing enthusiasts. Lots of funny stories, plus lots of information about the different courses and places to eat, drink and sleep. All in all a good read. Just hope this isnt Mr Norburys last book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bramhall on 10 Feb. 2012
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Just finished reading this.
Author gives a very honest account of his life and love of racing.
Some of the chapters will have you laughing out loud, while others are heart wrenching, honest and sad, but John's passion for all things connected with horse racing shine through.
I finished the book wishing I could attend a meeting or two with Mr Norbury, it wouldn't be dull!
Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SPITFIRE on 19 Jan. 2012
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While reading the book over the holidays, the pages turned very quickly John bring across a passion for the game in every chapter , if you are up at Sedgie on a winters day or Goodwood in the summer there is some thing for every one to relate too.If you fancy a day at the races its a good guide as well. Best wishes to John and look forward to his next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chezza24 on 24 Jan. 2012
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I have no clue about horses or racing but this book kept me turning the pages, it's one persons ambition put onto paper, it made me laugh aswell as cry in parts.....and cry with laughter sometimes!! Very entertaining and cleverly written, well done John, I wish you all the best and I hope you write more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Off the Rails on 2 Feb. 2012
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The authors passion for the sport and his affection for his family comes shining through this heartwarming and humourous account of the horse racing world.This very personal account will hold the readers interest throughout regardless of whether they follow racing or not.Well worth a look!
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