Curley is the bane of the racing establishment, never afraid to confront authority, even at the risk of jeopardizing his own career, for the good of the small punter. In his autobiography, he recalls all the adventures that have made him part of horseracing folklore: the celebrated "Yellow Sam" sting of 1975; how he was jailed for running an illegal lottery but released on donating #10,000 to charity; his campaign against the Big Three high street bookmakers; his disqualification from racing; and how he lost #250,000 on one race in an unforgettable day in 1982. But there is also the human side to his story. Beyond the racing world he talks openly about how he watched his father go broke through gambling, and, in a moving account, recalls the tragedy of the death of his son, Charlie, in 1996.
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Barney Curley was born in County Fermanagh. He managed three Irish pop groups, including the first Irish showband singer to get into the British Top Ten. He also trained as a Jesuit priest but contracted tuberculosis at the age of 21 and spent a year in a sanatorium. He is involved in many causes for charity, including raising money for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, and Direct Aid For Africa (DAFA) which he formed with Frankie Dettori. Nick Townsend has been a journalist for 25 years, eleven of them as a horse racing and soccer writer for the Daily Mail and, more recently, the Independent on Sunday. He is a trusted friend and confidant of Barney Curley. "A gem of a book from one of the turf's most fearless punters." Racing Post
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Book Description CollinsWillow, 1998. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 700grams, ISBN:9780002188272. Bookseller Inventory # 6851509
Book Description CollinsWillow, London, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. 1st. 288 pages.Autobiography of a professional gambler. Size: Sm4to. Bookseller Inventory # 017208
Book Description Hardback. Pub. CollinsWillow. First. 1998. ISBN 0002188279, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Irishman Barney Curley is an utterly fearless gambling racehorse trainer. He describes his life both the good times and bad times on and off the turf in great detail. This is an out of print hardback book. D/W - Very Good. Book - Near Fine condition. See "THE SURE THING" by Nick Townsend also about Barney Curley. Bookseller Inventory # 1334
Book Description CollinsWillow, London, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Friend of the small punter and scourge of the big bookmakers, ruthless gambler who donates vast sums to charity, Barney Curley was born in 1939 near Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. Rarely speaks to the horse racing media and until now, despite numerous requests, has declined to discuss his life in any detail. SIGNED by Barney Curley, 288 pages plus photographic plates. Signed by the Author. Bookseller Inventory # 005138
Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020002188279
Book Description CollinsWillow (Collins Willow), GB, 1998. Hardback. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+ DW. 1st Edition. Slightly cocked. Bookseller Inventory # s056.007