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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Oh dear, I really didn't like this book!
It's chick-lit crossed with a poor imitation of a bad Catherine Cookson story (I refuse to call this a novel! Read more
Very interesting book and arrived promptly I have finally finished reading it and would recommend it to anyone though it is a work of fictionPublished on 7 July 2013 by Ms. P. C. F. Peacock