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"My staff have rolled around on the floor with laughter at your opening line: 'Michael has more energy than a nuclear bomb' . . . A fabulous idea. I just wish I'd had this book 50 years ago" - Michael Dickinson
'This book is 10/10 - it should be under everyone's tree. It's the best £20 you will spend on a gift' - The Irish Field
Successful jump jockeys come from a variety of backgrounds. Their childhoods and upbringings show vast differences. Some originate from families already connected to horses and racing - they were always going to be riders. Yet others have parents who have no equine connections whatsoever, which presents the question: why did these kids become jockeys?
In her latest book on racing, best-selling author and legendary trainer Henrietta Knight charts the lives of more than 80 jump jockeys in the hope of finding out what inspired them at a young age to take up one of the most dangerous jobs in sport.
Among the great and good to be profiled are household names such as Richard Dunwoody, John Francome, Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh, and throughout Starting From Scratch we discover how a number of racing's most celebrated individuals opted to take the path they did.