World book day is something everyone remembers from school, and I feel is something not celebrated enough in our adult lives. With everyone glued to their phones and busy with other day to day chores we forgot how nice it is to sit down with a good book. If like me you struggle to get really gripped by a book I think I have the perfect list for you! The perfect mix of humour, the nitty gritty of people's lives (I am terribly nosey) and good old fashion sex!
Taking The Fall-AP McCoy
Now before you jump to conclusions no, this is definitely not an autobiography! This is a fiction novel and a pretty raunchy and funny one at that! Now it’s no Jane Austin, but to be honest who wants it to be! This is a great story with excitement and if you have any interest in the sport you are sure to be gripped by this, it’s described as a thriller and it has everything you want from a great light reading book. Oh and if you really love it there is a second one in the series called Narrowing The Field!
Blurb- Duncan Claymore could have it all. He's one of the country's up and coming young jockeys and this season his sights are set on getting right to the top, but his demons threaten to overwhelm him.
Duncan was taught everything he knows by his father, Charlie, a former trainer whose career and reputation were destroyed when a series of bitter rivalries got out of hand. It ruined him and Charlie hasn't been able to set foot on a racecourse since.
Now, with his father's health rapidly declining, Duncan is desperate to beat the best and at the same time take down the men responsible for Charlie's ruin. But can he do both or must he choose between his family and his future.
Mick Fitzgerald- Better Than Sex
The phrase ‘Better than sex’ is phrase that as often been thrown around the racing industry, and coming from someone who has sat on a racehorse and ridden a race, I must say they are not far wrong. I remember Frankie Dettori reportedly said it after winning on Golden Horn at Ascot, and you can only imagine the thrill these jockeys get from a win. Here to really describe it in all its glory and struggle is Mick’s autobiography.
Blurb- When you think of Mick Fitzgerald, you might think of his masterful ride on Rough Quest to win the 1996 Grand National, or his interview with Des Lynam live on BBC afterwards: 'After that, Des, even sex is an anti-climax'. You might think of his victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Chase, the Triumph Hurdle or the Hennessy Gold Cup because, as one of the most accomplished jump jockeys ever to throw his leg over a saddle, Fitzgerald has just about done it all. In "Better Than Sex", Fitzgerald tells his story with a candidness that is both rare and refreshing. He provides a unique insight into life as a jockey, the struggles, the temptations, the victories, the celebrations. He tells openly of his failed marriage, of riding for the Queen, and about how the racing game has changed irrevocably during the 19 years since he crossed the Irish Sea.
Jilly Cooper- Mount
Jilly is known for writing books that you simply just cannot put down, and she has delivered once again with her new book Mount. It’s all about the racing industry and the excitement and scandal behind the scenes! This book is fun, sexy and totally had me gripped!
Blurb- Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.
Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.
Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .