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Eclipse

Nicholas Clee

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-737-6
Trim Size: 6 X 9
Hardcover
Overlook
03/29/2012

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A chestnut with a white blaze is scorching across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel.

While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants include Secretariat, Barbaro, and all but three of the Kentucky Derby winners of the past fifty years.

"It is a centaur of a book: half-human, half-horse. But Clee knows how to tell a gripping story: he weaves the halves together into a well-written narrative of social change . . . Fascinating." —The Independent

"Splendid . . . This is a read bursting with life, and Clee has the balance and worldliness to weigh all his material with sense and perspective. No racing home should be without it." —The Times


NICHOLAS CLEE is a journalist and racing enthusiast, and is also the author of a cookbook, Don't Sweat the Aubergine. Clee writes a weekly column in the Times and reviews in the Times Literary Supplement.


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