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Title: Calling the Horses: A Racing Autobiography
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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For decades, Peter O'Sullevan was one of the iconic sports commentators, providing the soundtrack for half a century of horseracing as he called home such legends of the sport as Arkle, Nijinsky, Red Rum, and Desert Orchid. His rapid-fire commentary seemed to echo the sound of horses' hooves, and it was not long before he became known as "The Voice of Racing." But in addition to his legendary status as a TV personality, Peter O'Sullevan was also a notable journalist and much-admired writer, and it is a measure of his standing both within and beyond the world of racing that his compulsively readable autobiography, first published in 1989 and reprinted eight times, reached the top of the Sunday Times non-fiction bestseller list. The most recent edition has brought many fresh episodes in the ongoing Peter O'Sullevan story, including the last racing days of his great friend Lester Piggott in 1995, his commentary on the "Bomb Scare" Grand National of 1997, and his retirement from the BBC. He also describes setting up the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, which has raised over £3.5 million for animal welfare charities, as well as offering his appreciation of a new generation of racing heroes, including jockey AP McCoy, who has come to dominate jump racing in a manner unparalleled in any sport, and the wonder-horse Frankel. The heartening news for the legions of Peter O'Sullevan fans is that, despite his years, his enthusiasm for racing is undiminished, and so are the elegance, fluency, and wit which infuse his writing style. This new and extensively updated edition is a very remarkable book by a very remarkable man.
Sir Peter O'Sullevan is an Irish retired horse racing commentator for the BBC and correspondent for the Daily Express, the Press Association, and Today. He was the BBC's leading horse racing commentator from 1947 to 1997, during which time he memorably described some of the greatest moments in the history of Britain's most popular race, the Grand National.
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