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A Year at the Races

Jane Smiley

A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money and Luck by Jane Smiley is an enchanting and informative account of what it’s like to own, train and root for a racehorse, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

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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.


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…

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