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John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin
John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin
by Mick Bonham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL story, 23 April 2007
This book is a real insight into the rock and roll life from one who knew too well that not all that glitters is gold. Sadly the author is no longer with us either. Here he has captured the softer side of his brother John, known to fans and friends alike as 'Bonzo'.

Those of us who knew Bonzo are so glad that this book was written to set the story straight, and this is a very good read. Don't bother with the sensational versions of the life and times of Led Zeppelin. Just read this one and listen to their music - that's all you need.


Arkle: The Classic Story of a Champion
Arkle: The Classic Story of a Champion
by Ivor Herbert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book about 'Himself', the greatest steeplechaser, 23 April 2007
This book has been out for a long time and is the original book about Arkle. It is expertly written by someone who was there. It tells not just the story of Arkle, but also that of his people and national hunt racing in the 1960's. This is Himself, the 3 time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, the racehorse believed by so many to be the greatest ever.

If you have ever loved a 'chaser, get this book and the videos of his races from the Cheltenham collection available on their website and get close to real greatness.

If you are at all interested in racing history, National Hunt racing or Cheltenham Racecourse this book has to be in your collection! This is a book to savour for all who knew Arkle, and one to learn from for those of us who did not go racing during his lifetime.


Moscow Flyer: Flying to Success
Moscow Flyer: Flying to Success
by Jessica Harrington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest chasers of all time, 23 April 2007
Moscow Flyer is one of those destined to greatness and a horse of a lifetime. He burst upon the racing scene and into the public conscience when he ran against the 3 time Champion Hurdle winner and Irish treasure Istabraq. But he really came into his own over fences. Whether he was your favouite or not he could not be ignored. This was a horse of immense presence and character. Big and bold and always up for a battle. Although falling became a trademark of his when he stood up he was simply awesome. His jockey once said of him, 'He is the man'. and this sums him up.

This book tells the story of those who discovered him, his life in racing and what he meant to them. Well written and a suitable tribute to a great 2 mile chaser.


The Horses of My Life
The Horses of My Life
by Richard Dunwoody
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jockeys tribute to the horses who made him, 23 April 2007
This review is from: The Horses of My Life (Hardcover)
Richard Dunwoody is acknowledged by many to be one of the greatest jump jockeys of all time. His own story 'Obsessed' is a good read, but sad because you feel the pain his ambition caused to him and those he knew well. This book is different, here he expresses the joy the special horses in his life gave him and he shows insight into their individual characters.

Well worth a read.


100 Favourite Racehorses: The "Racing Post's" Definitive Reader's Poll
100 Favourite Racehorses: The "Racing Post's" Definitive Reader's Poll
by Nicholas Godfrey
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tributes by the public to their favourites, 23 April 2007
By now this is a well known book and nearly everyone will have read the poll results in the Racing Post. But it is worth reminding people that this book is one to have in their collections and a great gift to give to anyone you know who has not bought it.

I wanted to give it 5 stars, and on concept I would, except for the black and white photos. I realise some of them are unavoidable but more colour would have been great so we could remember the silks the horses we voted for carried.

At the time of the poll there was much debate about who would be the top 3 and what order they would end up in. But I had a great clue which made it all obvious to me, a painting by Susan Crawford that many of us have in the house. We Three Kings. And there it was, exactly how she painted them.

How we voted was of course related to the time and some horses were omitted or included who may not have been had the poll been run another time.

Nevertheless it was fun to relive their glory days one and all, and this is a book to have and to hold close.


100 Greatest Races (Racing Post)
100 Greatest Races (Racing Post)
by Nicholas Godfrey
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ones the racing public voted the greatest, 23 April 2007
The Racing Post asked for public participation in their polls for the 100 top racing personalities, favourite racehorses and this - the greatest races ever.

For many of us it is all about the horses and it was a hard call to vote for just three of the greatest races for sure. Here you will find what the public thought at that time, and who it was whose race captured our imagination above all others.

It is never bad to be grateful for all of the horses whose races made history and found a place in our hearts. Well done to the Racing Post for giving us the opportunity to remember them all again.

I won't spoil it for those few of you who did not read it in the Post - but I will give you a tiny clue - I voted for this race!


Old Possums Book of Practical Cats
Old Possums Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all cat lovers, 23 April 2007
So many people do not know that this is where the hit musical came from.

Although this book is hard to obtain you must get it if you like cats. It was read to me when I was a child and I have since read it to many children in my care.

I have done volunteer work with rescued cats and to tame feral cats I read them the poems. It works! TS Eliot had great understanding of the character of a cat and I know he would have loved the idea that cats themselves enjoyed his work about them.

If you have ever been owned by a cat you will love this book.


Arkle: The Life and Legacy of Himself
Arkle: The Life and Legacy of Himself
by Sean Magee
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have tribute to the greatest steeplechaser of all time, 23 April 2007
Sean is a great writer of racing books but when I heard that he was doing one on Arkle I wondered what he would be able to bring to the story that Ivor Herbert had not already done in his excellent book.

I am happy to report that this book is entirely different and a must have addition to the bookshelf of every Arkle and national hunt racing fan.

In format this is like a personal scrapbook, lovingly put together by a fan. If you made your own scrapbook of your favouite racehorse it would look just like this. The detail is superb and takes you right back to that era. This is a treasure for all who were lucky enough to race with Arkle and for those of us too young to have known him, it provides the ticket back to the life and times of 'Himself'.

Even if you have never read anything about Arkle or seen the videos you will be moved by this book. Get it.


My Colourful Life: From Red to Amber
My Colourful Life: From Red to Amber
by Ginger Mccain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A National treasure, 23 April 2007
Ginger McCain has raised plenty of eyebrows during his time but you have to admire his honesty. What you see is what you get with him and here is his story. He is a real character, a total one off and a national treasure. His love of, and empathy with the horses shines through. Only he could have found and trained a horse like Red Rum. Here is his love of Liverpool and all that the Grand National, the people's race, means to him and racing. Ginger is the epitome of all that is wonderful and unique about natiional hunt racing.

This book is great, from the name right down to the very last page. Buy it!


Mark Johnston: The Authorised Biography
Mark Johnston: The Authorised Biography
by Nick Townsend
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insight into one of the largest yards in racing, 23 April 2007
This book is well written and gives great insight into what motivates the trainer of one of the most powerful and successful yards in racing. Mark Johnston simply tells it how he sees it - and although he may not have intended it to be so blunt, some of it may shock some readers.

Not one of my favourite books by a long shot, but this is a personal view. This is not a book about a man and a horse - this is business. Johnston has worked hard to build his empire and you have to admire his endless ambition. Probably a must read for anyone who is a fan of the yard, or wants to know what it takes to be so successful today in flat racing.


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