Jenny Pitman grew up on a Leicestershire farm run by her parents and is well known throughout the equine world as the first woman of racing. She has achieved success in the world's toughest races and has landed two Grand Nationals. In 1984 she became the first woman to train a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. Jenny has also trained the winners of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Grand Nationals. This is her fourth novel.
Jan Hardy wants to train racehorses to win. And with her profesional training license under her belt, she visits Ireland to buy horses at auction. But she finds out more than she bargains for in the shape of influential tycoon A. D. O'Hagan. As money worries pile up and family affairs run far from smoothly, Jan comes to depend on the friendship and support of Angie Sharp, herself no stranger to the racing business, who persuades her parents to appoint Jan as their new trainer. With the support of O'Hagan, Jan builds up a string of racehorses and her jockey starts to win races. While her reputation begins to soar, family troubles still demand her attention - as does the local GP, Doctor Tony Robinson, who wants to give her more than just his loyalty. Then as her jockey inexplicably loses his winning touch, life appears to spiral out of control. And a mysterious person from Jan's past is waiting in the wings ...
Jenny Pitman's racing heritage shines through her books. The Inheritance is the 5th in her series featuring the trainer Jan Hardy. Again, and we would expect no less, Jan has to deal with testing and trying events that keep her life far from centred and her family relationships continually strained. Great reading with characterisation and pace more like Joanna Trollope but set in the glamorous, but sometimes skuldugerous racing world. If you are interested you can read more Jan Hardy novels in order they are On the Edge, Double Deal, Dilemma, Vendetta and The Inheritance
When she burst upon the publishing scene a few years ago, Dick Francis had just announced his retirement and Pan (who publish both authors) were dubbing Pitman as their new star to satisfy their Dick Francis fans. I totally disagreed with them for, although Jenny Pitman is steeped in the racing world and her books reflect that, she is no thriller writer. There is excitement and pace, there is detail and atmosphere, there are lots of horses and plenty of skulduggery, but they have a female touch, a depth of character and place that is closer to Joanna Trollope than Dick Francis. I think they are great.Comparisons: Susan Lewis, Clare Francis, Jenny Maxwell.Similar this month: Katie Fforde, Jojo Moyes.