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The Suffragette Derby Hardcover – 21 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press; First Edition edition (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849545189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849545181
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 4.1 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As good as any Dick Francis novel, and all the stronger for being based in fact.' --Mail on Sunday

I am currently reading the tome and can thoroughly recommend it. --Guardian Sports

For drama, tragedy, controversy and intrigue, there has never been another race like the 1913 Derby... and the events of that day 100 years ago are examined in detail in Michael Tanner's excellent new book... The 1913 Derby remains the most fascinating and elusive of contests, and Tanner weaves its many strands into a compelling narrative that make it racing's book of the year. --John Randall, Racing Post

The mix of tragedy, rancour and resentment is cleverly exposed by Tanner whose painstaking research produces some fascinating moments...It all makes for a fascinating tale told beautifully by Tanner in a very readable style. Racing enthusiasts need not be concerned thst the book deals principally with the suffragette movement - there is much here to enjoy and to learn about racing in the Edwardian era. --John Scanlon, Kingsley Klarion

An impeccably researched interweaving of real-life racing thriller with social history. --The Spectator

Tanner has put together a gripping book and also a most valuable social history of a time well gone. --The Irish Field

Tanner has examined all the interlinking events in forensic fashion in a landmark book, the Suffragette Derby…the research that Tanner must have put into the book was exhaustive but it was well worthwhile…this book is a huge contribution to turf literature and a compulsive read. --Blackpool Gazette

Michael Tanner has scoured public and private sources, drawing on unpublished diaries and interviews with descendants of the principals, to provide a definitive account of what led to the events of that day and how they unfolded...In a Channel 4 documentary earlier this year, Clare Balding attempted to make a case for her so doing. Tanner's evidence is far more convincing...Tanner is an acclaimed racing writer...His near forensic examination of the facts and his analysis of events, make this a thoroughly absorbing read. --Bookmakers Office Supplies

Tanner has put together a gripping book and also a most valuable social history of a time well gone. --The Irish Field

About the Author

Michael Tanner is a critically acclaimed sports writer, specialising in racing. He has written more than twenty titles and his 2003 book, The Legend of Mick the Miller, was a leading contender for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was short-listed for the NSC Sports Biography of the Year. He also has one volume of history to his credit and his debut novel, The Tinman's Farewell, appeared in 2010. In addition to authoring books he has contributed numerous features to various magazines and to Channel 4 Racing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
While one reviewer suggests this is meticulously researched, I spotted one double-howler. I didn't notice any other errors and I'm hoping there aren't any. The howler is the sentence (at the bottom of page 43 in my hardback edition) saying that Signorinetta was the last filly to win a Derrby at Epsom for 68 years, when Empery won in 1976 and also won the Oaks that year. Oh dear. Tagalie won the Derby at Epsom, just four years after Signorinetta, and no other filly has done so since (at least up to 2013). Fifinella won a wartime substitute race at Newmarket in 1915, which the author implicitly acknowledges with his wording, but while Empery did indeed win in 1976, he was a colt. As such, he did not contest the 1976 Oaks, which Pawneese won. As Tagalie is mentioned on pages 54, 88, 89 and 217, the lack of her mention on page 43 is even more bizarre.

I hope that the above double-howler does not put anybody off this book. It is a thoroughly entertaining story about one of the most controversial races in sporting history, not just in horse racing but any kind of racing. That said, it may not even be the most controversial Epsom Derby ever, because the 1844 race has gone down in history for different controversies. You can read about that race in Gentlemen and Blackguards: Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844, which is about gambling in the 19th century with the 1844 Derby as its focus, or In Search of Running Rein: The Amazing Fraud of the 1844 Derby, which I haven't read but appers to be more of a horse-racing book.
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There cannot have been many horse races as incident-packed as the 1913 Derby. However, despite all the drama at the finish and the tragedy on Tattenham Hill, Mr Tanner here proves that insufficient is known of these events to fill even a medium sized book.
The characters of Loder and Ismay are interestingly discussed, although not all conclusions drawn concerning them are totally convincing. Emily Davidson emerges as a strangely compelling figure but, in the end, we are left little wiser as to her intentions. The intrigues surrounding the American jockeys who so revolutionized race-riding in Europe at that time are touched on but hardly developed and the eventual winner, Aboyeur, and his extraordinary owning 'Confederacy' receives scant coverage.
And yet it is deemed necessary to pad out the narrative with details of other horses owned by so many of the participating, but irrelevant, owners.
Quite interesting, but over written and ultimately a disappointment.
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The reader who thought she was buying a book about suffragettes should have read the blurb. First and foremost this is a racing book about the most sensational and dramatic day in English Turf history - the sensation of this Derby's unique disqualification heightened by the drama of a suffragette's intervention. More like a novel than a work of reference, the characters have such colour and life, and the story flows beautifully. The major players are met in an orderly fashion; each case is presented and argued without bias. So many different starting points could have been chosen, to the book's detriment, but the author finds the right path by which to steer his readers through. He takes them through every aspect of the lead up to the race and leaves us to make up our own minds based upon the meticulously researched facts. It paints the full picture of what was the most remarkable race in our 300-plus year history and for any racing buff it's a 'Must Read.'
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The Suffragette Derby is an interesting and informative read with well researched facts that bring a new dimension to a story that many of us have heard in one form or another. The author has managed to successfully blend all of the elements that made the race a piece of sporting and social history, presenting them to the reader in an exciting and accessible form, allowing you to build a complete picture of this eventful race. Well worth a read!
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By Rupert Deighton on 4 Jan. 2014
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I love horses (& racing) and history. This is the best book I have read that combines the two subjects of my fascination. I learned a lot about the first days of the suffragettes & the last days of a certain 'Aristocratic Britain'. The "racing pages" are superb, as I understand the langauge (my Mum & Dad ran a 'chaser in the 1950's - Bally was a luvly horse!).
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