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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Candid account 15 Feb 2014
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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. Having said that this is a candid description of the life of a highly competitive rider . The flaws of character come through but so too do the strengths and humanity. In the end you like what you like about him and ignore the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 30 Oct 2013
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Very interesting ... Well written and funny & humorous at times.... a delightful read on these dark dismal nights ..recommended!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars honest insight into a Jockeys life. 24 Sep 2013
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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 the worlds most ambitious and popular Jockeys of our time.
He tells us how it all bagan and doesn't hold back about the difficulties and lack of chances each jockey faces when trying to make a decent living out of it. Early starts, riding out daily, attending two meetings for possibly one ride with an outside chance and the biggest sacrifice of all, being away from home a lot and constant dieting.
Frankie lets us know about his relationships with other jockeys and trainers good or bad, friendships he has made and seems to appreciate the position he has held with Godolphin throughout the years.
He has always been in the press for one reason or another but one can't help thinking when reading this book that Frankie was always a bit spoiled and through his father had a lot of doors opened. You respect him for his determaination and openess but you also cringe at times when he gets annoyed about things not going his way. You almost want him to be taught a good lesson to come down from his cloud. This seems to have happened recently and I wouldn't have wished it on anyone. Whatever the real Frankie is like, it's a great read and highly recommended for all racing fans.
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