Dettori is wonderfully frank in Frankie,
This review is from: Frankie: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (Hardcover)
After my recently crazed obsession regarding horse-racing (mainly throwing my hard-earned cash Mr Hills way) I decided to purchase 'Frankie' and I definitely was not disappointed.
The little fellow with a huge personality gives fantastic insight into the life of a jockey and proves how difficult it is to become successful in the racing industry. Dettori's stories will keep you amused throughout, taking you from his youthful ambition to play professional football, to the drug scandal that almost ended his career. Dettori holds nothing back; confesses about stealing; participating in a joyride and his huge relief of surviving a plane crash.
There are a few mistakes, which others have pointed out in their reviews, but content is more important and one would have to lay the blame on Jonathan Powell who has actually written the book (Dettori dictating!). The book is also nicely spaced out into four sections of photographs capturing wonderful moments throughout Dettori's life.
The content is surprising extensive considering how young Dettori is, but do not let this deter you from reading - At the time of writing, Frankie is in hospital due to a fall which could have ended his life, proving that writing an autobiography at this stage in his career is essential for a man of his calibre, providing the pages can be filled - which they are!
Essential reading for anyone interested in Sport, Horse-racing, betting and Dettori's tinned tomatoes!!