A Year at the Races

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ISBN 9780571226078 Format Paperback
9780571226078
Paperback
Published 06/10/2005 Length 304 pages
304

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A candid exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.

'intensely lovable' Daily Telegraph

'fascinating' Financial Times

'gives insight into the ups and downs of ownership' Racing Post

'stylishly written' The Economist

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley draws upon her first-hand knowledge to examine the horse on all levels - practical, theoretical and emotional. Drawing on the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys and a real-life horse whisperer, Smiley adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the horses get closer to the winner's circle, we are enchanted, enthralled and informed about what it's really like to own, train and root for a racehorse.

A candid exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.'intensely lovable' Daily Telegraph'fascinating' Financial Times'gives insight into the ups and downs of ownership' Racing Post'stylishly written' The EconomistPulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley draws upon her first-hand knowledge to examine the horse on all levels - practical, theoretical and emotional. Drawing on the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys and a real-life horse whisperer, Smiley adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the horses get closer to the winner's circle, we are enchanted, enthralled and informed about what it's really like to own, train and root for a racehorse.
  • About Jane Smiley

    Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles and grew up in St Louis, Missouri. In 1992 she won the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres, for which she also won the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Her other novels include Moo (1995), Horse Heaven (2000), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Good Faith (2003) and Ten Days in the Hills (2007). Her most recent novel is Private Life (2010). In 2006 Jane Smiley was awarded the PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

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