Book Details


John Carter




Apr 17 2008



About The Author

John Carter

John Carter grew too big to be a jockey so he turned to cricket instead, rising to Minor County level with Norfolk. An all-round lover of sport, he is a season ticket holder at Norwich City and his first book was based on the US Masters golf tournament.
But he always loved horseracing and this book gave him the perfect opportunity to immerse himself in the Newmarket community. The idea for it came after he had profiled Clerk of the Course Michael Prosser for a local paper.
He lives in the Norfolk countryside with wife Paula and daughter Elisha.

Author John Carter interviewed and shadowed 14 racing personalities throughout 2007 at Newmarket, the home and headquarters of British horseracing, in a book supported by the racecourse. His subjects ranged across the racing world, from top jockey Frankie Dettori, who has also written the foreword, in a year he won his first Derby, on the Newmarket trained Authorized, to top female jockey Hayley Turner; from leading trainer Jeremy Noseda, to the clerk of the Newmarket courses Michael Prosser to its former managing director Lisa Hancock, who left to spend more time with her young family. John also talked to other members of the racing community such as bloodstock agent Tom Goff and museum curator Graham Snelling; stable girl Danni Deverson and owner Jan Harris. The book gives a fascinating glimpse into the often secret world of horseracing. One of the subjects, star photographer Trevor Jones, also supplied the photographs which are featured throughout the book.