Shouting the Odds

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Shouting the Odds: Betting to Flee the Past

On March 25 1995, twenty-three year old postman Andy Cooper and his dad Ron get home from seeing their local team Notts County win at Wembley to discover to their horror that Andy’s mum Marie has died while they were away. Unable to process the death of his wife, Ron wrongly blames Andy for forcing him into going to the game before abandoning his son and becoming a drunken recluse, leaving Andy to mourn the death of his mum alone.

A few months later on his way home from work, Andy is forced to take shelter from a rainstorm in what turns out to be his local betting shop, where he has a life changing experience; and after almost coming to blows with his dad on his way home from the cemetery a few days later, decides he’s had enough. Determined to regain control over his life, he gives himself a year to win enough money on the horses in order to escape Nottingham and his drunk of a dad for good.

However, it isn’t long before Andy discovers that even the best-laid plans rarely work out the way you would expect …

Jon Franklin was born in Harrow, Greater London, in 1963. Shouting The Odds is his debut novel and his inspiration for writing it comes from over thirty years' experience of the betting and racing industry, ten years as an employee of William Hill, followed by twenty-two years as a professional racecourse photographer.

Paperback, 264 pages


Sam Hardy, the Racing Post:

'Having been a betting shop manager for 15 years, I was really looking forward to reading Jon Franklin's Shouting The Odds. I wasn't disappointed. The world of the betting shop is one that Franklin knows inside out, something that is all too rare when betting is normally tackled in fiction. With so many cliffhangers, it has the feel of a novel  that would make for a great TV series.'

Stan Hey, writer for Television (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Spender among others) and author of One Arm And Four Legs: A Journey into Racehorse Ownership:

'Shouting The Odds is a really fantastic read. Andy's story is funny, moving and filled with colourful characters.'