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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Nott Publications (Nov. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0992755409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992755409
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Nott is from Tiverton in Devon, England. He has lived his life immersed in horse racing and rock n roll. He has worked with on-course bookmakers in the UK for the best part of 30 years.This life has been punctuated with adventures in music either as a gig-goer, roadie/driver with various underground bands, as an embedded journalist or just on personal pilgrimages.

Simon has recorded much of this varied life in fanzines, national and international magazines and on-line blogs. 2013 saw him dive headlong into his first book 'Skint Mob - Tales From The Betting Ring' which recounts his time working for bookmakers and the colourful characters he met along the way. Expect a follow-up in due course. An account of that tandem life in music is currently being written and can expected by the end of 2014.

Simon's freelance articles can currently be found in Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, UK Rock N Roll and Racing Ahead in the UK. He has historically been published in The Racing Post Weekender, Inside Edge, Final Furlong and Deathrow in the UK as well as Blunt (Australia)and The Brag (Australia).

Simon is still a regular character on the turf of the south of England and writes the popular 'Tales From The Betting Ring' blog on-line. He also runs a freelance music publicity business in his own name.

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Skint Mob! is a 200 page king-sized paperback book with full colour photographs. It brings to life the betting rings of UK racecourses from Aintree to Ascot and Newton Abbot to Newbury via point to points and the odd nip into a betting shop. The author uses his own experiences working for bookmakers since the late 1980′s as a vehicle to bring to life the colour and characters of that most vibrant and exciting of habitats. Add a liberal sprinkling of humour and you have a must-read for all fans of UK racing and its unique atmosphere.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Wagg on 2 Aug. 2014
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I finally got to read this book having bought it when it came out and putting it aside to enjoy on my summer holidays in France. That's where I sit now having whizzed through this fascinating sketch of a world that the writer experienced in its final glory days. This gives the book a 'last days of Pompeii' underscore that brings a nice depth to the work. If, like me, you have an interest in horse racing, betting or both you will find these glimpses into the world of backing, hedging and laying really fascinating. I also come away with a massively increased understanding of how some of these concepts play out both in the pre and post Betfair eras. The language is clear and brisk so you don't need any real knowledge to enjoy the book. I liked the way the men and women of the betting ring are shown to be just normal working people. Perhaps the book's greatest success is opening up this world for lay review and putting the lie to the myths; Bookies are not a shadow-race of in-the-know mystery men and the bookie certainly doesn't always win. I would recommend this to all racing fans, all those who like a bet, all sports fans and, to be honest, anyone really. There are characters in here that will give any reader a giggle. I was reading bits out to my wife as she sunbathed and chuckles were noted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 July 2014
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I can only admit to being disappointed in the end by this book. I was looking forward to a story of dodgy deals and evading the police and dangerous criminals but I'm afraid - and it's to the author's credit this really - that this is no more than a mildly interesting story of someone who ends up working in the betting business. Sure there are stories of coups and the like but it is all rather tame and well, businesslike. It's almost like the author is too honest and hard-working to have that "edge" that might have made this book a bit more "racy" (sorry, couldn't resist). I hope that I am not doing the author or indeed the betting business a disservice by saying that whilst interesting, this book isn't that thrilling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michelle sargent on 29 July 2014
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Absolutely loved it. You don't have to be into horse racing to enjoy this book its a brilliant insight into the highs and lows of one of the worlds more mysterious ways of making a living. Simon has a amazing way of making you feel as though you are there. I laughed out loud many times. Be prepared to not to it down once you start. Looking forward to his book hopefully we won't have to wait to long. Ian from the west Country
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shane&kalie on 3 Sept. 2014
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A great read and a fascinating insight into how it has all changed over the last few decades in the betting ring. I remember the boards being marked up by hand and bets being logged into the field book but was all too busy not spilling my beer or getting my bet on to really notice the changes as they were introduced over the years. Having attended Exeter and Newton Abbott regularly over the last few years, as well as Chepstow and Cheltenham I can appreciate how it has changed, especially with the introduction of the exchanges. Thank's to Simon I now have a much greater appreciation of it all. The witty stories and larger than life characters can all be pictured thanks to his story telling. If you have an interest in horse racing this cannot fail to interest and entertain you. A quality read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jun. 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I now very little about horse race betting, and this provided an excellent insight into the way things were/are done, and un be known to me how much pressure bookies where under prior to modern technology.
Anyone who is into racing in anyway should read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Miller on 22 April 2014
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A great book spanning a period of great change in racing & on course bookmaking. The story is told with great humour & honesty. An excellent book which I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in horse racing or betting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haircakes on 28 Feb. 2014
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Enjoyed Skint Mob! very much. Read it on my ipad via kindle. Fascinating, even though I know little about racing. A glossary of terms would help, but I picked up the lingo as I went along....
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By DC on 15 Jan. 2014
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Entertaining read,I read this from cover to cover(always a good sign).
For anyone with a strong interest in racing, and in particular the bookmaking way of life,its a must have. The author tells the story about his introduction to betting from a young age,taking him on a journey around the tracks and the characters he came across. From the way things were done "old school" style to todays fast moving "techy" betting scene.
A perfect read for anyone on either side of the punting fence!
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