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Title:
Great Australian Racing Stories (MP3)
Written by:
Jim Haynes 
Read by:
Jim HaynesAnna SteenHugh Wade 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
2 hours 26 minutes 
MP3 size:
104 MB 
Published:
October 01 2013 
Available Date:
October 01 2013 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781486200979 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Short Stories & Anthologies; Sport 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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Another great installment from the four time winner of the Bush Laureate Book of the Year.

The stories and verses in this collection are not just anecdotes, racing history pieces or rehashed feature articles from sports journalists; first and foremost they are good literature. The common thread running through the wonderful Australian short stories featured in this volume is the real Aussie character and passion for life that racing seems to bring out in our culture. There are tales of childhood dreams, great achievements, victory in adversity and also tales of tragedy and heartbreak. There are stories of crazy schemes and hilarious events that could only happen on an Australian racetrack. There are colourful, larger-than-life characters immediately recognisable to us all. There is also a fine collection of stirring ballads, hilarious verses and poignant and moving poetry. Racing is the sport of kings and deadbeats. No Australian activity better reflects our national character and its weaknesses and strengths. This volume captures all the colour and passion, tragedy and emotion that thoroughbred racing brings to the lives of the owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, punters, battlers and dreamers who live with horses every day, or just love a bet on the Melbourne Cup.