Thursday 15th of April 2021
The Arts

May’s Book List

This month’s book list includes tracing an extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse (Frankel), an addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train and a book that encapsulates the glittering people, international events, fashion, and culture in the equestrian world!

Rider Biomechanics

Through Rider Biomechanics one gains a complete understanding of the biomechanics of the rider via a new understanding of fascia, the fabric of the body that links muscles into functional chains, rather like strings of sausages. Within both human and equine bodies these form lines of pull , affecting posture, movement, stability and mobility.

Mr Darley’s Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses

In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel.

The Stylish Life Equestrian

This book encapsulates the glittering people, international events, fashion, and cultural impact-in such arenas as design and entertainment-that equine sports have had on the world at large.

As you flip through the pages, peek inside luxurious horse stables and riding arenas, and marvel at the sheer glamour of such star athletes as Polo player Nacho Figueras and equestrienne Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, resplendent in their riding attire.

Riding Without a Bit: The Gentle Art of Sensitive Riding

This book thoroughly covers with all aspects of bitless bridles in general and specifically with bitless riding. The author focuses on giving the reader a general overview of the range of bitless bridles available and the purpose and function of each of these. The main part of the book however deals with the subject of riding without a bit including an extensive discussion of many of the preconceptions surrounding bitless riding.

Long Way Back

On February 16 2016, motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman suffered a major road traffic accident in Portugal. Having spent the better part of his life on some form of motorbike, his world came crashing down after he was knocked off a Triumph Tiger Explorer, smashing his right ankle and causing severe damage to his left fibia and tibia. It was unclear if he would ever walk properly again, let alone ride a motorbike. Moving between past and present, Long Way Back recounts Charley’s journey back of recovery, the ambulance ride, the numerous operations in a Portuguese hospital, the medivac aircraft flight back to London.

Into the Water: From the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives

Society has led us to believe that women and sport don’t mix. But why? What happens to the young girls who dare to climb trees and cartwheel across playgrounds? 

In her exploration of major taboos, from sex to the gender pay gap, Anna Kessel discovers how sport and exercise should play an integral role in every sphere of our modern lives.

Covering a fascinating range of women, from Sporty Spice to mums who box and breastfeed, Eat Sweat Play reveals how women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves – and how you can too.

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise

History was made at the Belmont Stakes in Summer 2015 when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown title, the first racehorse to achieve the momentous feat since Affirmed in 1978. Pharoah was the crowd favorite, as spectators had anxiously anticipated the American Thoroughbred’s victory, already a proven winner at the year’s earlier Kentucky Derby and Preakness races.

By interviewing many of the parties involved, Drape will explore the claims of corruption, illegal gambling, and secretive business practices that have been prevalent throughout, all that have ultimately contributed to the makings of this award-winning racehorse.

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