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Royal Racing: The Queen and Queen Mother's Sporting Life Hardcover – 15 Mar 2001

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (15 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538073
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of five Sunday Times best sellers including Cheryl, the definitive biography of Cheryl Cole.

His books about the most famous people of our times have been translated throughout the world. His subjects include Robbie Williams, Kate Middleton, Tulisa, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alesha Dixon,Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and J. K. Rowling. The film Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story was based on his biography of the Harry Potter author.

Described by the Independent as a 'fearless chronicler', he specializes in meticulous research, going 'on the road' to find the real person behind the star image.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
Royal Racing is an entertaining account of the history of royal racehorse ownership. But it is much more than a book about horse racing.
Racing is a world of its own, a microcosm of society, from the stable lads who look after the horses to the Queen and Queen Mother themselves. In between you have the dedicated trainers, jockeys and their families, all of whom have amazing stories to tell. Sean Smith has interviewed the key characters in the racing careers of the Queen and Queen Mother to piece together a rich and engaging story, from the social whirl of Fairlawne, home of trainer Peter Cazalet, to life at Saxon Lodge, with the irrepressible Fulke Walwyn...and much more. Some of the best stories include:
* how the Queen Mother saved the crushed leg of a royal jockey, then danced with him while he was hip to toe in plaster;
* how the Queen sat on the floor at a party (no!) and cracked open a creme brulee with her high heeled shoe;
* how a mysterious and beautiful woman succeeded in doping a royal horse before a major race;
* how a horse condemned to the knacker's yard by the Queen's racing manager was saved by Ian Balding and went on to win a race in Balding's colours...ridden by Princess Anne!
* how the Queen and her racing manager sensationally sacked trainer Dick Hern while he was seriously ill in hospital.
Altogether, Royal Racing a very enjoyable book, which gives a rare insight into a world often perceived as elitist and privileged and will appeal to racing enthusiasts, royal fans and anyone who enjoys a good story!
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By mrs w a stewart on 26 Jan. 2014
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I started reading this book as soon as I had unwrapped it and I didn't get much housework done that day! To say that I enjoyed it would be something of an understatement. The fact that it covers royal racing from its outset meant that I was taken back much further in the history of the royal involvement that I had previously thought about. An exellent book well illustrated with lots of colour photography.
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