Racing Thriller – Worth A Read!

Michael Clower is a polished author and knows his racing

Amateur jockey and racing journalist Rod Hutchinson is the victim of a sting – he gets beaten on an odds-on favourite, is convicted of not trying and of accepting a bribe. His amateur licence is withdrawn and he loses his job.

His fight to prove his innocence is continually thwarted by violent attacks – including one where he comes close to being burned alive – and by villains who fear they will be exposed if he resumes writing.

The action moves at as fast a pace as the racehorses Hutchinson so desperately wants to return to riding.

This is Michael Clower’s second racing thriller following Riding For a Fall, ‘a fast-moving action-packed book well up to the standard of his racing biographies’ (Sporting Post).

Clower, in the words of the Racing Post ‘a legendary racing writer,’ is also the author of the widely acclaimed:

  • Mick Kinane, Big Race King (The Sporting Life’s Racing book of the Year)
  • Champion Charlie
  • The Legend of Istabraq
  • Kings of the Turf

Clower, despite qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (and being placed first in the UK finals), has been a racing journalist for over 50 years. He started in Kenya where he also rode as an amateur against the professionals, winning on three of his first six rides.

He moved to Ireland in 1973 to become a full time racing journalist, starting with The Irish Field. He became Irish correspondent of The Sporting Life and, when that paper closed, he joined the Racing Post and also wrote for The Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror.

He ‘retired’ to South Africa in 2006 and for ten years wrote for the Cape Times. He was South Africa’s Racing Journalist of the Year in 2016.

Stitched Up, by Michael Clower. Christel Foord Publications.

Available on in paperback and kindle £8.50


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