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False Start

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Charlie Patterson and Nick Ryder strike gold in their first season of training together: Kate Scanlan, the attractive boss of a local animal rescue center, has sent them a yearling who looks like their chance at hitting the big time. Sold to Major Patterson, Charlie's stepfather, Willow Star defies her looks by establishing herself as one of the fastest of her age. But the ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published 1997 by Headline (first published 1996)
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Clare O'Beara
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lively tale of two good friends, jockeys in a racing yard who want to establish their own training yard. Both of them fancy an animal rescue centre worker, who brings them an injured young filly. However this is a time of recession and Lloyds have enticed outsiders to invest knowing, so the book claims, that investments are shortly going to collapse and the older investors would be saved by having taken out their money. Little money remains for buying racehorses and paying for their tr ...more
A bit of a disappointment compared to his other books but I did persist and finish it because i just love horse stories! Fairly predictable and far fetched but easy reading.
Alison D
Interesting story, not flowing as hoped but it wasn't to bad. One or twists so enjoyable in the enf
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another plot that stretches the suspension of disbelief a shade too much and characters that need some life breathed into them. The writing flows well enough for escapism but the reader cannot immerse themselves sufficiently enough to avoid the surface swells because it is overly shallow.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
False Start lacks depth and credibility, but I like the whole horse racing theme. In the end it was basically a nice read, but not something that will stay with you for years to come.
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Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is a broadcaster on racing for Channel 4. He lives in Berkshire.

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