I really enjoyed the book: after each season, it became quite compelling to find out what happened next season.

I liked the realism and quietly stated sense of humour, also the very human qualities it portrayed of John and his family.

The book revealed a developing involvement in the racing world as well as continual antidotes from the Timpson’s lives outside of their involvement in racing which, while portraying a ‘high life’ were continually understated and provided added value and interest.

It has a very broad appeal – its appeal extends to those who enjoy competitive sport, who are ambitious in their own sphere, who enjoy a good story, who enjoy delving into others lives, who enjoy racing or other equestrian sports. It has a much broader appeal than I had envisaged.

I would describe it as: “A human and humorous recount of being a racehorse owner with facts and anecdotes which will bring you closer to the Track”.

Hilary Banner

Pictured: SIXTY SOMETHING with J Greenall wins Handicap Chase at Doncaster 12-12-14.