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Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Bigges&hellip by David Owen
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Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, this is an outstanding book of social as well as sporting history, which places the extraordinary victory of 100-1 outsider Foinavon in the 1967 Grand National, after all the rest of the field had fallen or been hampered at the twenty-third fence, in the context of the times. David Owen has tracked down and interviewed almost everyone who was connected with the horse, from the owner's family and Foinavon's jockey, John Buckingham, to those who bet (or failed to bet) on him, or who were present in the crowd at Aintree on the day; and he has also consulted previously unused source materials to give a convincing portrait of what Aintree was like in… Read more