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Taking the Fall by A. P. McCoy

Taking the Fall

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November 2013 Book of the Month.

The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer with a nose for a winner, now in a care home. Somewhere along the way Charlie made some enemies and was framed. In his lust for revenge Duncan also lusts for wealthy owner’s daughter. McCoy’s rivals, Dick and Felix Francis and John Francome often have a girl or two in the plot but McCoy goes several steps further and gives us steamy sex scenes. Those, along with the skulduggery, the betting, the racing and the twists make for a good, fun read. A very promising debut which I understand launches a series.

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Taking the Fall by A. P. McCoy

Duncan Claymore could have it all. He's one of the country's up and coming young jockeys and this season his sights are set on getting right to the top. He has the talent and the tenacity, but he also has his demons, and it's these that threaten to overthrow his burning ambition. Duncan was taught everything he knows by his father, Charlie, a former trainer whose career and reputation were destroyed when a series of bitter rivalries got out of hand. It ruined him and Charlie hasn't been able to set foot on a racecourse since. Now, with his father's health rapidly declining, Duncan is desperate to beat the best and at the same time take down the men responsible for Charlie's ruin. But can he do both or must he choose between his family and his future?


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Taking The Fall . You can read their reviews below.

Alan Brown - 'The author's knowledge of horseracing and love of horses leaps from the page. The plot twists and turns to a climax. A P McCoy plays to his strengths.' Click Here to read the full review.

Linda Hill -
'A romp through the murky world of horse racing.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lee Doyle -
'This is a good start for AP, in racing terms he’s completed two circuits of Aintree with a few questionable jumps on the way and he’s cruising past the elbow on his way to a bloodless victory. I look forward to his next effort.' Click Here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie -
'A gripping first novel by champion jockey A P McCoy. Delving into the dark side of horse racing, it’s a great read for horse racing fans or crime fiction fans.' Click Here to read the full review.

Debbie Patrick -
'A good solid start and looking forward to reading more novels by this author. Well worth a read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Angela Rhodes -
'If you want a good thriller and like a good story then this is it. You don't have to understand horseracing to enjoy this great book. Can't wait for the next!' Click Here to read the full review.

Helen Sidebottom -
'I enjoy a good thriller and was looking forward to learning more about the dark side of the horse racing world but I am sorry to say I was a bit disappointed with the ending of this book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Joan Hill -
'In this debut novel you’re placed under starters orders, entering the exciting world of jockeys, trainers and owners to explore rivalry and intrigue. Judge for yourself who the winners are.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lynda DeFreitas -
'A racing thriller about revenge...A P McCoy has made a promising start to his writing career and he is up with the other runners trying for the top spot of racing thrillers.' Click Here to read the full review.

Christine McCormick -
'This is an undemanding read, which takes the reader into the world of racing, warts and all.' Click Here to read the full review.

Julie Viliunas -
'I loved this book. I have no interest particularly in horses or horse racing which is why I thought I'd give it a try. It was a lovely easy read with a decent plot and cracking end.' Click Here to read the full review.

Susan Walsh -
'Take a look at the exciting world of horseracing and more so at the people who are involved in it all.' Click Here to read the full review.

Julie Bickerdyke -
'McCoy has a great writing style and keeps the story moving at a good pace.' Click Here to read the full review.

About the Author

A. P. McCoy

Born in County Antrim in 1974, A. P. McCoy rode his first winner in 1992. In 1996, he was crowned champion jockey for the first time, and he has held the title ever since. He received an OBE in 2010, a year after riding his 3,000th winner, and he was the first jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He lives with his wife, Chanelle, and children, Eve and Archie, in Berkshire.

Author photo © David Davies

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7th November 2013


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