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Biography of an underdog (or should that be underhorse?),
This review is from: Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset (Wisden Sports Writing) (Hardcover)
100-1 outsider Foinavon won the Grand National in one of the most remarkable races in its long history, after coming from far back as nearly all the front-runners were held up in chaos at the 23rd fence - now the Foinavon Fence. This book is effectively Foinavon's biography. David Owen has interviewed with as many people as he could find whose lives intertwined with Foinavon, resulting in a surprisingly detailed study. There's also a lot of digression explaining horse racing and its history and other events that were going on at the time - often this helps with understanding the story, most of the time it is interesting, just occasionally it feels like extraneous padding. However, it doesn't take away from an easy, informal read about an aspect of horse racing folklore.
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