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by Jamie Reid

Blown Synopsis

'The incredible story of the man who went from trying to win the Grand National to playing a key role in co-ordinating the French Resistance.' Daily Express An English racehorse trainer and horse dealer's son, John Goldsmith was born and brought up in Paris and spoke fluent French. In 1942 he was recruited in to the legendary Special Operations Executive, or SOE, and dropped three times behind enemy lines. In 1943 he organised the escape of a French air force general across the Pyrenees but a few months later he was caught by the Gestapo in Paris only to engineer his own getaway from a locked third floor hotel room. By the end of the war he had been awarded the DSO, MC, Croix de Guerre and Legion d'Honneur. Resuming his peacetime occupation in 1946 Goldsmith was sent numerous French racehorses to train. He found uncanny similarities between the secret agent's milieu and the black market world of Britain's post war racetracks and, in partnership with a high stakes Mayfair bookie, he orchestrated some of the most audacious betting coups in racing history.

Blown Press Reviews

Blown, The Incredible Story of John Goldsmith, Racehorse Trainer, Gambler and Wartime Secret Agent delivers all its title promises and more. Jamie Reid has contributed to some of racing's finest writing over the past 30 years and his latest is a worthy successor to Doped, the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. The Observer; Fascinating tale of wartime derring-do Racing Post; Blown is a wartime spy story you'll read cover to cover ... a real page turner Anton Rippon, Sports Journalists Association; Remarkable story The Spectator

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910498453
Publication date: 22nd April 2016
Author: Jamie Reid
Publisher: Racing Post an imprint of Raceform Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, Horse racing,

About Jamie Reid

JAMIE REID is a journalist and author and has written several books including the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Doped.

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