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Frankie: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori [Kindle Edition]

Frankie Dettori
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High-profile sports stars choose to walk a fine line between nurturing the bloom of their celebrity, and exercising the talent that made them famous in the first place. Horseracing’s most recognisable face, Frankie Dettori – TV quiz show star, pizza endorser, restaurateur and pal of Vinnie Jones - publicly remarked recently that he realised he had crossed that line when someone seriously asked him how long ago he retired from being a jockey. In some ways then, Frankie, is a timely reminder that not only is Dettori a hugely talented horseman who is most definitely still riding, he’s arguably at his peak. At the time of writing the Italian has all-but landed his first jockeys' championship in ten years - after a frantic summer compared to his almost part-time campaigns of recent years - and is once again the best known AND the best. Thankfully while this ‘autobiography’, written with journalist Jonathan Powell, is not shy of trumpeting Dettori's unique achievements, it embraces the darker side of the affable imp persona too. Forget the married-with-kids, polished performer who appears on TV now – young Frankie, by his own admission, was a tearaway, a night-club wolf, a drugs-dabbler who was perilously close to seeing his career go permanently off the rails. Even when he had established himself as champion jockey he recalls among other failings, behaving like 'a real bastard' to challenger, and one-time pal, Jason Weaver, when he feared his crown was under threat. It's far from the only time when we see behind the cheeky chappie mask. Whether by accident or design, Dettori is refreshingly candid when it comes to revealing faults. His somewhat traditional views on women, in particular, will rankle with some. As will the underlying tone - Frankie's very much the star of the show, on the racecourse and off, and it's not an altogether likeable trait. But that's exactly what makes this book so entertaining - did you really think winners were nice guys? --Alex Hankin

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High-profile sports stars choose to walk a fine line between nurturing the bloom of their celebrity, and exercising the talent that made them famous in the first place. Horseracing’s most recognisable face, Frankie Dettori – TV quiz show star, pizza endorser, restaurateur and pal of Vinnie Jones - publicly remarked recently that he realised he had crossed that line when someone seriously asked him how long ago he retired from being a jockey. In some ways then, Frankie, is a timely reminder that not only is Dettori a hugely talented horseman who is most definitely still riding, he’s arguably at his peak. At the time of writing the Italian has all-but landed his first jockeys' championship in ten years - after a frantic summer compared to his almost part-time campaigns of recent years - and is once again the best known AND the best. Thankfully while this ‘autobiography’, written with journalist Jonathan Powell, is not shy of trumpeting Dettori's unique achievements, it embraces the darker side of the affable imp persona too. Forget the married-with-kids, polished performer who appears on TV now – young Frankie, by his own admission, was a tearaway, a night-club wolf, a drugs-dabbler who was perilously close to seeing his career go permanently off the rails. Even when he had established himself as champion jockey he recalls among other failings, behaving like 'a real bastard' to challenger, and one-time pal, Jason Weaver, when he feared his crown was under threat. It's far from the only time when we see behind the cheeky chappie mask. Whether by accident or design, Dettori is refreshingly candid when it comes to revealing faults. His somewhat traditional views on women, in particular, will rankle with some. As will the underlying tone - Frankie's very much the star of the show, on the racecourse and off, and it's not an altogether likeable trait. But that's exactly what makes this book so entertaining - did you really think winners were nice guys? --Alex Hankin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3503 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; 2nd edition (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI99U0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 15 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Frankie Dettori holds nothing back in this "warts and all" autobiography. From the heady heights of his amazing 7 from 7 winners at Ascot in 1996 to his near fatal plane crash.
The book is totally endearing, with lots of surprising moments and lots of amusing moments too. There are a large quantity of photos throughout the book, not just of Frankie on horses, but other off-course antics as well.
In being so honest Frankie reveals the hardships of being a top jockey; the highs, the lows and the days that really made him question why he WAS a jockey...along with lots of stories of the wild-child situations he found himself in, early in his career. You don't have to be a fan of the man to appreciate his story and the huge amounts of information on the workings behind the scenes in horse racing.
If you buy this book you won't be disappointed!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankie: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori 28 Sep 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have just received my copy of Frankie's new book - it's a large book, for a small (albeit hugely charasmatic) man, and even as a fast reader, it has taken several evenings to read from cover to cover. I have been a Frankie-fan for a long time, and as such, eagerly awaited the publishing of his autobiography although in fact I don't normally agree with people who have almost all their lives ahead of them writing autobiographies. In Frankie's case however, he has already lived a life-time compared to most of us, and this is well chronicled in his book. There are some very amusing stories in there, a very moving account of his life-changing accident in the light aircraft crash and his love for his rapidly expanding family (and his Ferrari!) comes through strongly. For anybody interested in flat racing, there are some wonderful accounts of what it's like to actually ride in a race. I like the cover with the raised front-on picture of Frankie on the front, and a rear-view of him on the back. The colour photographs of close family and landmark events in Frankie's life, throughout the book, are well chosen.
I think I would have given it a 5 but for the reservations I have regarding a, comparatively, young person writing an autobiography. I do wonder if there will need to be a Frankie Part 2 some time in the future! I am however, more than happy to have this book on my bookshelf, alongside my copy of A Year in the Life of ........
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dettori is wonderfully frank in Frankie 28 July 2005
Format:Hardcover
After my recently crazed obsession regarding horse-racing (mainly throwing my hard-earned cash Mr Hills way) I decided to purchase 'Frankie' and I definitely was not disappointed.
The little fellow with a huge personality gives fantastic insight into the life of a jockey and proves how difficult it is to become successful in the racing industry. Dettori's stories will keep you amused throughout, taking you from his youthful ambition to play professional football, to the drug scandal that almost ended his career. Dettori holds nothing back; confesses about stealing; participating in a joyride and his huge relief of surviving a plane crash.
There are a few mistakes, which others have pointed out in their reviews, but content is more important and one would have to lay the blame on Jonathan Powell who has actually written the book (Dettori dictating!). The book is also nicely spaced out into four sections of photographs capturing wonderful moments throughout Dettori's life.
The content is surprising extensive considering how young Dettori is, but do not let this deter you from reading - At the time of writing, Frankie is in hospital due to a fall which could have ended his life, proving that writing an autobiography at this stage in his career is essential for a man of his calibre, providing the pages can be filled - which they are!
Essential reading for anyone interested in Sport, Horse-racing, betting and Dettori's tinned tomatoes!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dettori is wonderfully frank in Frankie 27 July 2005
Format:Paperback
After my recently crazed obsession regarding horse-racing (mainly throwing my hard-earned cash Mr Hills way) I decided to purchase 'Frankie' and I definitely was not disappointed.
The little fellow with a huge personality gives fantastic insight into the life of a jockey and proves how difficult it is to become successful in the racing industry. Dettori's stories will keep you amused throughout, taking you from his youthful ambition to play professional football, to the drug scandal that almost ended his career. Dettori holds nothing back; confesses about stealing; participating in a joyride and his huge relief of surviving a plane crash.
There are a few mistakes, which others have pointed out in their reviews, but content is more important and one would have to lay the blame on Jonathan Powell who has actually written the book (Dettori dictating!). The book is also nicely spaced out into four sections of photographs capturing wonderful moments throughout Dettori's life.
The content is surprising extensive considering how young Dettori is, but do not let this deter you from reading - At the time of writing, Frankie is in hospital due to a fall which could have ended his life, proving that writing an autobiography at this stage in his career is essential for a man of his calibre, providing the pages can be filled - which they are!
Essential reading for anyone interested in Sport, Horse-racing, betting and Dettori's tinned tomatoes!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
Gift, good read
Published 27 days ago by lindalesley
3.0 out of 5 stars Candid account
As with many sports autobiographies there is a lot of repetition about the wins and losses - inevitable really given the nature of the career; but it does get a little tedious. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DLW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very interesting ... Well written and funny & humorous at times.... a delightful read on these dark dismal nights ..recommended!!
Published 10 months ago by Doreen Allison
4.0 out of 5 stars honest insight into a Jockeys life.
Nice read and a must for all racing enthusiasts. This is what seems to be an honest account of a boy who didn't have much interest in riding horses as a child to becoming one of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maria Del Carmen Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars FRANKIE
EXCELLENT READ, IM NOT A HORSE RACING PERSON BUT AFTER SEEING HIM ON IM A CELEBRITY I THOUGHT ID GIVE IT A GO AN WHAT A STORY. WELL DONE FRANKIE ENJOY REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Published 19 months ago by mrs barbara peacock
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankie
Got a bit lost when Frankie was writing about all the horses Id never heard of. Otherwise a good read
Published 19 months ago by B. Cutts
4.0 out of 5 stars Dettori is wonderfully frank in Frankie
After my recently crazed obsession regarding horse-racing (mainly throwing my hard-earned cash Mr Hills way) I decided to purchase 'Frankie' and I definitely was not... Read more
Published on 27 July 2005 by T Uttley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but errors make it annoying!
This book could have rated higher than three stars but for the glaring and amateurish errors in it. It starts off well and is an interesting account of Frankie's life. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2004
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