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Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius
Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius
by Brough Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 12 April 2013
Brough Scott's book about Sir Henry Cecil is one of the most interesting and enjoyable biographies that I have read. Cecil is a fascinating man whose colourful life, like so many people with special talents, has amazing highs and counter-balancing lows. It is what makes him a man who appeals to so many people. Quite apart from his absolutely extraordinary achievements as a trainer of world famous thoroughbreds, Cecil's early family history is of real historic interest and his progress to becoming a revered figure in the racing world and in Newmarket in particular makes an exceptionally fine read. It surprised me to see on his website that he is not happy with details in the book that touch on unfortunate events in his life but history repeatedly shows that no-one is without flaws and a complete picture of anyone has to be just that - complete. Brough Scott sums it up in the Epilogue to the book where he describes his portrait as 'affectionate, admiring but .... necessarily realistic'.
If I had to choose one word to describe Sir Henry it would be courageous. Courageous to have survived everything that life has thrown at him especially his long, debilitating and ongoing fight against cancer.
I wish him all the best in the future and think he should be proud of his life to date.


Kauto Star: A Steeplechasing Legend
Kauto Star: A Steeplechasing Legend
by Andrew Pennington
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kauto Star Shines Bright, 9 Nov. 2012
I've followed KS's career over the last six or seven years and for me this book is a brilliant way of reliving the fantastic wins as well as the disappointments and setbacks. It was such a relief when his retirement was announced recently as he really could not have achieved more than he did and this book uses live reviews from the Racing Post to describe all those achievements. Combined with stunning illustrations the book makes you aware of what a unique horse Kauto is and his eventful career makes compulsive reading. I can highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys their winter racing.


Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse
Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse
by General Jack Seely
Edition: Hardcover

85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Amazing Book that deserves to be a Bestseller, 25 Oct. 2011
It's a long time since I've read a non-fiction book that is so completely unputdownable. 'Warrior' is first-hand WW1 history but is so much more than that. It is an incredible account of a man and his horse's experiences on the battlefields of 1914-18 and their against-all-the-odds survival. General Jack Seely writes in a down-to-earth but moving way of the many incidents that made his horse, Warrior, a legend in the trenches. The sensitive illustrations are by the renowned artist, Sir Alfred Munnings who had a huge respect for Warrior. Many accounts of war horses are sad and depressing but this one is not. Warrior's courage, intelligence and his close relationship with Seely, plus at times unbelievable luck, enable their survival and return to the Isle of Wight at the end of the war. This is my favourite book of the year. A 5 star strong buy.


Winning It Back: The Autobiography of Britain's Biggest Gambler
Winning It Back: The Autobiography of Britain's Biggest Gambler
by Gary Wiltshire
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual autobiography!, 28 April 2011
Really enjoyed this book. I was at Ascot the day Frankie rode his Magnificent Seven and didn't realise until later that someone lost their livelihood on the same day. Gary's story is fascinating and it's amazing that he actually paid back all of the money. I also enjoyed his life story and where he got to. He's larger than life and funny too!


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