A new, fully authorised biography of the most successful trainer in British horse racing history. In the stratified and often secretive world of racehorse training, Mark Johnston has always been different: forthright, combative, provocative, and candid - a man who delights in questioning convention. Over more than three decades, he has gone from being a vet from a thoroughly working-class Scottish background to, mathematically, the most successful trainer in the history of British horse racing. In this new, fully authorised biography, acclaimed author Nick Townsend provides a unique insight into the world of Mark Johnston and his phenomenally successful operation. With unparalleled access to Mark and those closest to him, Mark Johnston: Phenomenon will dig into his storied career, his strong and passionate views on the sport of horse racing, and how he's planning for the future in unprecedented times, offering a fascinating portrait of one of horse racing's most singular figures.
Nick Townsend is a former Daily Mail sports feature writer, football correspondent and chief sports writer of the Independent on Sunday, and is a freelance writer for publications including the Sunday Times, the Racing Post, the Racing Paper and Racing Ahead. He is author of the best-selling Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History (Penguin Random House). Nick's other work includes collaborations with Sir Steve Redgrave on his autobiography A Golden Age (BBC Books) and Sir Ben Ainslie on his autobiography Close to the Wind (Yellow Jersey/Random House). He also penned a self-help guide with Sir Steve ...More About Nick Townsend