The first Tuesday of November is the day of the Melbourne Cup, one of the world’s major horse races. I wanted to mention a book I had a review copy of when I was in Europe, and forgot to review!
In last year’s race, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win, and when got up onstage to receive her trophy she famously told sexist men in the industry to ‘get stuffed’.
Of course everyone rushed to get Payne-related things out there while her name was still fresh in people’s minds, and so a few months later her biography came out.
Now, this is definitely no masterpiece of literature – it’s very simply written – but there are worse biographies you could be reading! I’m not a great fan of horse racing beyond appreciating the pretty horses (and am not really enjoying the fad for horse racing historical romances at the moment), but this book is about someone who overcame huge odds to get where she was, and that’s a story most people can enjoy and identify with.