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The Sun (15 March 2013): "This wonderful tale is a fab read." **** | thebookbag.co.uk: "[The King's Jockey is] a book which can be read on two levels. Firstly, it's a wonderful story. Lesley Gray has lightly fictionalised the life of Bertie Jones, remaining broadly true to the facts but occasionally adjusting events and timings to suit her story and conflating or inventing characters. At the heart of the story is fact. Jones comes brilliantly to life, as does the time - the years between the turn of the century and the start of the First World War when so much was changing." ****

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"The King's Jockey" is Lesley Gray's first novel. Brought up in rural Oxfordshire, Lesley has worked in science publishing, IT and management consultancy. Lesley now lives in Kent with her husband. Here she combines her job in academic and educational publishing with writing and studying Comparative Literature at the University of Kent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Solis Press (16 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APJ5WY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an excellent novel that should have a broad appeal to just about any reader, even if you're not a huge fan of 'historical' writing.

It is obviously well-researched, and takes us very much inside the world of flat racing, yet it avoids overloading the reader with an excess of technical details and terminology. Instead we get the feeling of 'being there' through the author's skillful use of selected racing highlights and of the sights, sounds - the smells - of professional horse racing.

This being a tale about a Royal jockey, but central characters are everyday country folk. Much of the narrative style seems to suggest the POV of the central character, and is straightforward, unsophisticated, naive even - s is a lot of the dialogue - but both manage to avoid the usual "country bumpkin" cliches. What we get instead is a vivid insight into a simpler, more certain age, when just about every aspect of life was profoundly different from our current experiences. We might think of the Edwardian Era as recent history, but the events described here took place a century ago already. For example: Bertie's reaction to meeting (probably his first) "Chinaman", and the description of the house where they meet, is a very eloquent snapshot of the shock of the new as experienced by the decidedly conservative King's Jockey. He does not come away cross-culturally enriched.

The New Idea that drives the events in this novel is, of course, the Suffragette movement, especially as the movement starts to entangle key members of Bertie's family and close friends.
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A beautifully written story told from the perspective of the King's jockey Bertie Jones, whose fate would be indelibly linked with the Sufragette movement when Emily Wilding Davidson threw herself at the King's horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.

An evocative insight into life in the early 20th century and Bertie Jones, the horse whisperer, who rose to fame as the King's jockey, yet remained haunted by the woman he accidentally killed.
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The King's Jockey is an historical short novel following the life of a hidden gem and forgotten person in factual history waiting to be given a voice. Lesley Grey through the King's Jockey Bertie Jones, his family and his friends gives the reader a detailed insight into the Edwardian period and the lesser known facet of that time, the world of Edwardian horse racing.
I enjoyed this book not only due to the author's skillful and smooth story telling. But also because Ms Grey has not, as so often when stories are written regarding this period, focused on the upper classes. The author shows the reader that the lives behind the spectacular are very interesting. Indeed, when all converge on a certain place at a certain time, a mark is made in history.
A very good read. More please.
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