The Tinman's Farewell

by Michael Tanner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/22/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781449093839
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781449093846

About the Book

A rough and raunchy ride exposing the dark underbelly of the glamorous Victorian racing set in a taut fact-based story from acclaimed racing writer Michael Tanner. 'ARE THEY COMING?' The last words of champion jockey Fred Archer - nicknamed The Tinman. Whose arrival was he anticipating? Whose arrival did he dread? Mourning the death of his young wife and hounded by creditors, Archer's mind begins unravelling during the 1886 season. He is propped up against the demons threatening to destroy him mentally and racing's criminal element conspiring to do so physically by his friend, racing journalist Algy Haymer. As the action veers from the social whirl of the Victorian racecourse to the squalor of the slap-bangs of the London underworld, Haymer shields Archer from a Jockeys Betting Ring and its enforcers while confronting his own insecurities and a family scandal involving Archer. But Haymer hasn't allowed for the power of 'The Policy' or the predatory wiles of an old flame whose carnal designs on him are only exceeded by her desperation for cash. The repercussions prove devastating. Haymer's guilt demands atonement - and delivers a painful blow.

About the Author

An Oxford graduate and award-nominated writer of a dozen published works on racing (plus another on Victorian crime), his last sports book was a leading contender for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the National Sporting Club Sports Biography of the Year. He has written for a wide range of racing papers and magazines, including Racing Post, Sporting Life, Pacemaker, Horse & Hound, Country Illustrated etc in addition to contributing to Channel 4 Racing.