Biographies

We stock numerous biographies and autobiographies, most notably the bestselling Enigma of Kidson (Jamie Blackett), and An Evening with Johnners (Brian Johnston). Simply click on the cover image of any title for more information.

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  1. The Man Behind the Mike
    £20.00
    2018-08-14 00:00:00

    Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise. We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and The Man Behind the Mike.

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  2. Many Brave Fools
    £19.95
    2019-03-06 00:00:00

    Many Brave Fools explores the ways in which horses enriched a woman's life. Author, Susan Conley recounts how horses gave her the fortitude to rid herself of the codependency that kept her trapped in a marriage ruled by addiction. With humour and honesty, Conley details how becoming a rider made her no longer feel like a victim, but instead a confident and courageous woman.

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  3. Winning Against the Odds
    £20.00
    2020-01-17 00:00:00

    AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER

    Winning Against the Odds tells the most fascinating, eccentric story of one of England's most fascinating and eccentric men – a beguiling mix of high-stakes gambling, city finance and political intrigue involving a most unassuming, compassionate and principled man.

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  4. Hunt the Banker
    £20.00
    2019-11-21 00:00:00

    Available in September

    Hunt the Banker is a memoir of Lebedev's own hair-raising experiences as someone who aspires to show that an 'honest banker' is not an oxymoron. There is the thread of a whodunit as his attempts at constructive and charitable business enterprises are systematically torpedoed by a person or persons unknown. 

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  5. Life on the Edge
    £20.00
    2018-09-07 00:00:00

    Once described by the actress, Joanna Lumley, as ‘the man with no fear’, Tristan Voorspuy spent his whole life living up to the legend. This book tells the story of a life lived on the edge of the Great Rift Valley – and one cut tragically short on Voorspuy’s own beloved Kenyan nature reserve in March 2017 when he was shot and killed by armed herders invading the land.

    A donation per copy goes directly to the Tristan Voorspuy Conservation Trust.

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  6. Red Rag to a Bull
    £20.00
    2018-10-29 00:00:00

    Red Rag is a humorous and thought-provoking story seen through the eyes of a landownera modern-day Poldarktrying to keep the family estate going in an ever-changing world.

    Jamie Blackett's intelligent and easy-to-read narrative flows through the farming challenges of the Scottish independence referendum, the hunting ban and Brexit.

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  7. The Enigma of Kidson (Paperback)
    £16.95
    2018-09-27 00:00:00

    The updated paperback includes new memories from former pupils and friends along with news of what happened to Kidson’s mother.

    Move over Mr Chips. Kidson had everything that central casting requires of a legendary schoolmaster: a passion for his subject, a brilliant didactic style, a silly walk, a smelly spaniel, breath-taking rudeness, eccentric mannerisms and catchphrases, a maverick attitude towards authority, and above all, a deep empathy, loyalty and dedication towards his boys. He had an extraordinary influence on his pupils – David Cameron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Johnnie Boden, Nicky Henderson, Sir Matthew Pinsent, ‘Lupin’ and Dominic West among them.

    'If you enjoyed Dear Lupin you will love this book' - Country Life

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  8. True to the Line
    £20.00
    2017-08-31 00:00:00



    True to the Line is Adrian Dangar's recollections of his life at the sharp end of hunting, during which he was a Master and huntsman of three different hunts in three unique regions of England — Dartmoor, North Yorkshire and Leicestershire. During this time, the author came into close contact with many fascinating characters that love and work in these beautiful landscapes.

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  9. Unrelenting
    £29.95
    2016-04-18 00:00:00

    If there is one name in the American equestrian story that everyone knows, it is George Morris – a horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher, and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he has been in the saddle. He has represented the USA as an athlete and a coach and, at one time or another, instructed many of the USA’s nation’s best horsemen and women. 
    This engrossing autobiography, the real story of George Morris, beautifully demonstrates his ultimate humanity.
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  10. Hemingway's Guns
    £24.95
    2017-05-24 00:00:00

    Ernest Hemingway is a mythic writer and alpha male. As a hunter and conservationist, he drew greatly from the strong example of Theodore Roosevelt, and he much enjoyed teaching newcomers to shoot and hunt. He was a member of his high-school gun club and went to war when he was 18.

    Following years of research, this volume significantly expands what we know about Hemingway’s shotguns, rifles, and pistols—the tools of the trade that proved themselves in his hunting and in his writing Including short excerpts from Hemingway’s works, these stories of his guns and rifles tell us as much about him as a lifelong, expert hunter and shooter and as a man.

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