A tribute to Australia's greatest racing horse ever. Presented with archival photographs, the book is a record of Phar Lap's life and achievements, and a chronicle of his impact on the culture of Australia. Also included are stories from Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson, specially commissioned pieces by prominent racing figures, and contributions from staff at the Museum of Victoria - the final resting place of the champion. For decades, schoolchildren have visited the museum; this book is published to coincide with its reopening, when Phar Lap - its most famous exhibit - will take pride of place.
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Geoff Armstrong has been involved in sports writing as author, editor, publisher and researcher for over a decade. He wrote the official centenary book of the Sheffield Shield A Century of Summers and he compiled and edited the rugby league anthology The Greatest Game. He is co-author with Mark Gately of the first history of Australia in international one-day cricket and together with Mike Whitney he wrote Whiticisms. Geoff also worked with Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh on all seven of Waugh's best-selling books. Peter Thompson's fascination with racing began when his grandmother backed Piping Lane at 40-1 to win the 1972 Melbourne Cup. As a commentator on sporting issues, his opinions have been read in the Age, The Financial Review and BRW and heard as that of Thommo from the Track' on Melbourne Radio's 3AW. As an owner of several slow horses, he has often been heard to invoke the chant of the hopelessly optimistic: 'Even Phar Lap ran last in his first race'.Review:
"Phar Lap, the one and only, a freak, a horse of the century." -- A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson
...the most complete history of a racehorse that captured the hearts of millions of fans on both hemispheres. -- Horse Professional
A must on the shelves of racing fans and historians. -- Contra Costa Times
Beautiful new book that contains all kinds of new and updated information about this legendary Australian champion. -- California Thoroughbred Magazine
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111865083461
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1865083461
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1865083461