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Finished Last at Folkestone: One Man's Ambition to Visit All 60 UK Racecourses Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2011
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Reading this fascinating book took me on a journey to every racecourse in Britain. John's work will certainly appeal to racing enthusiasts but I hope it reaches the wider audience it certainly deserves. The heart-warming story of the love between father and son shines from every page, sharing the humorous and varied experiences from course to course. If you are looking for a tale of racegoing revelry, family bonds and a passion for the Sport of Kings then this is definitely the book for you. -- Andy Gibson Racing analyst and pro punter. I first came across John whilst working for Racing UK at Carlisle a couple of years ago. Our paths have crossed a number of times since due to one horse - the redoubtable Matmata De Tendron. Andy Crook's grey has been a regular on the northern circuit for more years than I care to remember and he clearly takes after his owners when it comes to enthusiasm and the will to win. John has witnessed all 8 of his career wins and he was also on duty at Cheltenham on New Year's Day in 2006 when watching Burnt Oak taste Listed success in a bumper. Indeed, trekking up and down the country to watch his beloved horses has become a way of life for John. You will soon realise after reading a couple of pages of this book how much passion the author has for the sport. --Mark Howard Author and Racing UK pundit.
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John if you read this my tip to you is now do all the football grounds in the country following bizarre matches and do a sequel!
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT BOOK AND DON'T STOP!!!
After receiving my copy and immediately being hit by the author John's ugly mug, surging out of the starting stalls, i presumed my earlier preconceptions of Swintoners was indeed correct. However, i couldn't have been further from the truth , John seems to have found this often craved and seldom found literary skill, that of making the reader appear part of the story, you groan, you laugh ,you wince, often as if you were in that position, and it was "You" who was actually there. It reminded me of the sit-com Phoenix Nights now in paperback.
Rather than spoil it for everybody , i would strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying a great book, from a first time author, should give consideration to Finished Last At Folkstone..
I did approach this book with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. I needn't have worried, if a non-racing person like me can enjoy, and more importantly, understand this book I'm sure anyone with even a small amount of racing knowledge will enjoy it too. Go buy it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
Author gives a very honest account of his life and love of racing.
Some of the chapters will have you laughing out loud, while others are heart wrenching, honest and sad, but John's passion for all things connected with horse racing shine through.
I finished the book wishing I could attend a meeting or two with Mr Norbury, it wouldn't be dull!
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