I am currently two-thirds of the way through Paul Carberry's autobography, "One Hell of a Ride". I had been eager to read more about this legendary folk-hero of a jockey, but had been concerned by the negative reviews the book had got.
Well, I shouldn't have worried. "One Hell of a Ride" is easily the most entertaining, laugh-out-loud, honest, touching and most realistic racing autobiography yet. And I've read them all!!
Many top jockeys books tell of their lives of dedication, hard work and winners, losers, winers, losers. However Paul Carberry tells a tale far more representative of the average young man who makes a living from raceriding - up and down, booze-fuelled and 'one day to the next'. Not a book for the armchair romantic racing fan maybe, but it's a great thing to own for those who embrace the realms of life that racing involves. Well told, Carbs!!