Friday 11th of June 2021

August’s Book List

This month’s book list includes the third book in the Valegro series, a funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine and an indispensable book for all riders, drivers, trainers and judges.

1. Valegro – A Rising Star

The long-awaited, third book in the series about the story of the most successful, famous dressage horse in the world, Valegro.

Blueberry, to his friends, continues to fulfil his ambition to become a top-class dressage horse, but there is one thing missing – the perfect rider to accompany him on his amazing journey.

Carl Hester, his owner, is searching for a rider, but nobody seems up to the task of partnering this amazing horse. The book sees Blueberry tackle numerous hurdles and unexpected emotions which threaten to jeopardise his ambitions and Carl’s plans for him. Will Blueberry’s best friend, little one-eyed Lulu, help him achieve the dream held by every equine athlete, to be considered for selection for the Olympic Games?


2. Hot Mess

Meet your spirit animal, Ellie Knight. Her life isn’t turning out exactly as she planned. She hates her job, her friends are coupling up and settling down, and her flatmates are just plain weird.

Some people might say she’s a hot mess but who really has their s**t together anyway? This is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that will speak to millennials everywhere.


3. All the King’s Horses: The Equestrian Life of Elvis Presley

When Elvis Presley decided he wanted to buy a horse in 1966, he didn’t want just any horse. “He wanted a Golden Palomino,” Priscilla Presley remembers. “He would get up at 3:00 in the morning, go to certain farms and ranches and say, ‘Do you have a Golden Palomino for sale?’ People would say, ‘That was Elvis Presley!”. Elvis’s legendary love of horses drove him to find the Golden Palomino who would become his beloved companion Rising Sun.


4. Posture and Performance: Principles of Training Horses from the Anatomical Perspective

Divided into three main parts: Principles of Anatomical Riding and Training; Exercises for Horse and Rider; Troubleshooting, the book contains a wealth of practical tips and exercises broken down into easy to follow, well-illustrated steps showing how riders can improve their riding skills and potential. The author suggests ways to improve horses physique, posture, flexibility, stability, core strength, performance and movement and how to reduce muscular and movement problems, and reduce the risk of injury.


5. The Principles of Riding: Basic Training for Both Horse and Rider 2017

An indispensable book for all riders, drivers, trainers and judges, and to all those who are interested in the appropriate training of the horse. It considers horse’s instinct and natural behaviour as well as scientific research such as biomechanics and training theories.  


6. How To Stop Time

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.


7. Travels with Chufy

Sofia Sanchez de Betak invites readers on a journey to off-the-radar hideaways where those in the know seek unforgettable experiences.


8. How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More

A brilliant book packed with recipes, inspiration and practical advice for pain-free delicious cooking, eating and having fun in the big outdoors.


9. Dorothy Paget: The Eccentric Queen of the Sport of Kings

This is the long overdue telling of the life of an extraordinary, larger-than-life character, of great interest to social historians, racing fans, and to those fascinated by gamblers and absolute one-offs.


10. How’s Your Dad?

A failure at most things but not storytelling, this is Mick Channon Jnr’s finest book to date. This is also his first book. Framed within the tribulations of a turbulent year in a racing yard, How’s Your Dad? examines the relationship between a father and son.


11. Tales From the Turf: Reflections from a Life in Horseracing

Britain and Ireland’s Top 100 Racehorses of All Time author Robin Oakley takes us on a canter through the colourful world of horseracing.

Join him as he shares evocative personal stories of being there at racing legends’ key moments, such as Frankie Dettori riding seven winners in a day at Ascot. He debates whether jockeys are sportsmen or masochists.


12. The Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History

The bookies always win. But one man has been proving them wrong for four decades. In the summer of 1975 Barney Curley, a fearless and renowned gambler, masterminded one of the most spectacular gambles of all time with a racehorse called Yellow Sam. It cost the bookmakers millions of pounds. But this wasn’t the only time…


13. The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy: The Gamblers Who Made Racing Pay

The Druid’s Lodge Confederates were a syndicate of five inspired gamblers – a stud owner, a Royal vet, a Master of Foxhounds and two City financiers – who decided that racing could, and would, pay handsomely.


14. The Party

A gripping story of obsession and betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment.

Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.

But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.


15. A Barefoot Journey: The story of one woman’s fight against horse shoes

In this light-hearted account she tells how she battled with her farrier, coped with derision from other riders and saved a horse from slaughter. Mistakes, falls and triumphs are recorded against the background of a divided equine world which was defending the tradition of shoeing…with prosecutions.


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