The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories

Dick Francis, Author, John Welcome, Editor, Dick Francis, Editor W. W. Norton & Company $42 (224p) ISBN 978-0-393-03102-7
Most of the 14 tales collected here by British authors Francis ( Longshot ) and Welcome ( Grand National ) are notable for their charm. The two American entries, Damon Runyon's 1930s ``Pick the Winner'' and Gordon Grand's pre-WW I ``A Night at the Old Bergen County Race Track,'' sustain their period appeal nicely. Welcome's ``My First Winner,'' J. C. Squire's ``The Dead Cert'' and Molly Keane's ``Pullinstown'' are pure beguilement. The three bleakest stories are the best: Francis's ``Spring Fever,'' about an aging, horse-owning widow infatuated with a not-quite-honest young jockey; C.C.L. Browne's ``The Inside View,'' a deadpan, exciting tale of a steeplechaser's day; and Maurice Gee's ``The Losers,'' a melodramatic, noir story with a large cast. Edgar Wallace's ``The Man Who Shot The `Favourite' '' and A. B. (Banjo) Paterson's ``The Oracle'' are slightly humorous. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/29/1992
Release date: 07/01/1992
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