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One of the best horse racing books of recent years,
This review is from: Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset (Wisden Sports Writing) (Hardcover)
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 those dismal years when almost every Grand National was billed as the last. The result is a book which is of a far higher quality than the majority of horse racing books, and which will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever been touched by the thrill and the drama of the world's greatest steeplechase.
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