On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites.
Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he counts his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.
Then, when a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned’s life is thrown into far deeper turmoil.
©2009 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Desite the odd murder and person of evil intent, the Dick Francis books are a consistently and reassuringly the England of a few decades ago: the dramas of the racecourse (never attended one in my life and never likely to, so this is a new world) and traditions of basic decency being upheld.
This book held my interest throughout, the characters are alive and entertaining and it culminated in an unrushed and satisfying conclusion.
And speaking of old boys, I always find the voice of Tony Britton, excellent reader that he is, much older than the late thirty something that is required in the Francis books. Also, his women's voices leave a lot to be desired. But for all that, his moderate and thoughtful tone underscores the world and its values that are being evoked.
I haven't read it.
Very depressing first 3 hours. I also didn't relate to him as he makes bad decisions. I love Dick Francis so I assumed it would get better. The last hour is great and exciting and very positive.
It become a good story, but I wouldn't recommend it as it took too long to get into.
"Great story, spoilt by elderly narrator"
Great story as always from Dick Francis, unfortunately the audio book was spoilt for me by the elderly narrator. The story is told in the first person who is in his mid thirties and read by a gentleman in his late seventies which rather spoils the atmosphere somewhat.
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