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Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. Unabridged audio read by Frank Grimes.

British Champion Jockey six times - without terrifying injury and mental trauma it could have been many more - he won more than 2,250 races, including the Derby three times, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice, and more 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas (nine) than anyone else in the history of the sport. He was also accused of race fixing, resulting in an astonishing Old Bailey trial at which he was completely cleared.

No-one would question his ability in the saddle. Few, if any, have ever been as good at coaxing the best out of their rides. But his extraordinary rapport with the horse has not quite been matched by his dealings with humans - particularly not those in authority with whom he's had a career-long battle.

Now Fallon recalls his rise from a rural Irish family with no racing connections, and his frequent collisions with the media as well as many of the people who run the sport. With wit as well as absolute frankness, he tells of the huge pressures on top jockeys - even those without his external problems - and how his dazzling riding career was marred, then brought to a premature halt by campaigns of lies and innuendo.

Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

©2017 Kieren Fallon (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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A pleasure to listen to

Not my typical book but what a great find. A brilliant autobiography and a fantastic narration. A pearl of a book and a great insight into a champion jockeys life and world. If you are slightly interested in horse racing then this is a must read and you won’t be disappointed if you aren’t. Much respect to Kieran Fallon.

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A compelling and truthful account of a man driven by ambition but yet so fragile

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  • TC
  • 02-01-18

No Holding Back

If you like racing, you will love this. Simply but well written without the annoying literary pretension of some sports books. Grimes (once of Strumpet City!) gives a perfect reading. It is A third Angela’s Ashes, a third sporting masterclass and finally a riveting courtroom drama. I’ll admit that after Lester Pigott he’s my favourite jockey, but even if you were not a big fan, I dare you not to be moved one moment, smiling the next and enthralled by idiocy of the BHA in their various attempts in court to destroy a genius, simply because he was different and a non-conformist. God bless you Kieren and may you have the peaceful retirement you greatly deserve.

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  • tamie rogers
  • 01-12-17

Straight from the horses mouth..

What does Frank Grimes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely no one could have done it better

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Kieran's own story, love this book.... beginning to end
You do not even have to be a big race fan to enjoy this book.
Listened to it, in two back to back car trips, in two days
Wonderfully done... narration top notch..