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Lester: A Biography - Dick Francis

Very occasionally you get a real find of a book. I was up at Harewood House and they have an excellent little second hand bookshop. A 1986 original hardback copy with mint condition dust jacket. A book about one of racingís enigmaís by somebody who knows him. A tantalising prospect for your reviewer. Commanche Run, Roberto, Nijinsky, Never Say Die, Rodrigo De Triano, The Minstrel. All names of horses that I have heard of that Lester won on but the stuff of legend for those of us interested in LP but were too young to witness him in his prime.

Francis covers the stories behind the big races and the rides that Lester gave horses that annihilated the opposition throughout decades of riding all over the world at the top level. Francis takes us back to Lesterís formative years growing up in a racing family and how after it was found out at a young age that he was partially deaf, he conquered a disability and went on to become the best there has ever been in the history of British jockeys. As an ex-jockey Francisís knowledge and wit shines through in the text and the transcriptions from days and days of interviews with Lester make for great reading.

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