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A Fine Place to Daydream
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/ Lead title Experience the sheer thrill and joy of national hunt racing as an American novelist follows a select group of leading horses and their Irish trainers on their annual pilgrimage to the Cheltenham Festival, in this evocative book on the jumps and the Irish love of horse racing. / A celebration of National Hunt racing, from the unique perspective of an American take on the Irish and their love of horses. / The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest and most anticipated annual events on the British sporting calendar. / A combination of sporting odyssey, travelogue, and romantic discovery of a long-forgotten way of life -- think Laura Hillenbrand meets Bill Bryson.

About the Author

Bill Barich has lived in Northern California for most of his life. His first book, Laughing in the Hills, a classic account of racetrack life, was hailed by Sports Illustrated as one of the 100 best sports books of all-time and serialized in The New Yorker, where Barich was a staff writer for many years, contributing both fiction and non-fiction. His honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. He is a Literary Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library and currently resides in Dublin.

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"An easy, fluid stylist, Barich writes entertainingly about anything, but in Irish racing he has grabbed on to a good thing. . . . Samuel Johnson could not have said it better." --"The New York Times" "Like a horse that senses the ability of its rider and responds accordingly, readers know when they are immersed in the work of a master. Barich makes a winning companion-he's warm, funny and relaxed." --"The Washington Post Book World" "Captivating. . . . Mr. Barich recaptures much of the feel and compass of his first narrative of the equine life, once again weaving a broad tartan from scores of interviews with inhabitants of every corner of the horseracing industry." --"The Wall Street Journal" "The author, who a quarter century ago in "Laughing in the Hills "found inherent majesty in the broken-down plugs that race on the Northern California circuit, embraces Irish jumpers with similar enthusiasm." --"Chicago Sun-Times" " An easy, fluid stylist, Barich writes entertainingly about anything, but in Irish racing he has grabbed on to a good thing. . . . Samuel Johnson could not have said it better." -- "The New York Times" " Like a horse that senses the ability of its rider and responds accordingly, readers know when they are immersed in the work of a master. Barich makes a winning companion- he's warm, funny and relaxed." -- "The Washington Post Book World" " Captivating. . . . Mr. Barich recaptures much of the feel and compass of his first narrative of the equine life, once again weaving a broad tartan from scores of interviews with inhabitants of every corner of the horseracing industry." -- "The Wall Street Journal" " The author, who a quarter century ago in "Laughing in the Hills "found inherent majesty in the broken-down plugs that race on the Northern California circuit, embraces Irish jumpers with similar enthusiasm." -- "Chicago Sun-Times"

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