This is a terrific book. As an autobiography it is in the same high class as Graham Bradley's "The Wayward Lad." Normally I do not buy biographies or autobiographies of top sportsman until they have retired as of necessity they are incomplete. I made an exception for this book and I am glad I did. Mr Hughes is immensely courageous in revealing details of his personal life which in turn give us an insight into the pressures of being a top sportsman in a game that is absolutely cutthroat. This is exacerbated by having to ride at two or even three stones below normal bodyweight. Unlike other anodyne offerings Mr Hughes is not afraid to express his opinion. He is particularly articulate when discussing the rules governing the use of the whip. When he retires I look forward to seeing him alongside Mick Fitzgerald in the Channel 4 studio.
This was purchased for a Christmas present, so I haven't read it, but the intended recipient was absolutely sure he would enjoy this book. I am somewhat dissapointed as I understood this was a signed copy, but I cannot find a signature anywhere. I suggest that the word 'signed' be removed from the book description. This is very misleading.
Only one chapter I did not want to read and you will know what I mean when you get to it - it's the only reason it don't get 5 stars because I got what I wanted from the book. And yes, I will be backing him whenever he drops to a low weight :)
A really good racing read which appear both genuine and cleverly ghosted by Lee Mottershead. Richard Hughes is an lively, engaging and popular character with a tale to tell but his battle to overcome alcoholism is what sets the book apart. Richard's determination and love of racing come across well and whilst never dull it is written in a relaxed and authentic style which will appeal to the keen and casual racing fan alike. I found the book gripping and illuminating and learnt more about Richard who I now follow closely, he is clearly an excellent ambassador for his sport.
I have not read it all yet. But, up to now, thoroughly enjoyable. One gets the impression that British Racing is still clean and competitive. you have to be prepared to put in all the hard work in order to succeed - not just because your name happens to be "Hughes".