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Just Reviewed Dorothy Ours’ “Battleship” at SBR

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Folks, this week I had the pleasure of reviewing Dorothy Ours’ new non-fiction epic BATTLESHIP: A Daring Heiress, A Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse over at Shiny Book Review (SBR for short, as always).  The book is about Marion du Pont Scott, a horsewoman and heiress who owned the legendary stallion Battleship — the first American-born and -bred horse to win the British Grand National at Aintree, a particularly difficult and hazardous course.  But it’s also about so many other things, including one of Ms. du Pont Scott’s other horses, Trouble Maker, a horse with such a vibrant personality that it quite comes through seventy-plus years after his final race.

As it’s late and I’m still fighting the same, nasty sinus infection I discussed in yesterday’s blog post, all I’ll say right now about BATTLESHIP is this — it’s likely to be on my Top Ten Books of 2013 list, right alongside Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s novels (new to me in ’13, at least) and Sean B. Carroll’s BRAVE GENIUS.

So yes, I do think if you love horses — Heck, even if you don’t — you should read BATTLESHIP without delay.  Then come back and let me know if you cried, too, when the gallant Trouble Maker fell during his last race and never got up again.  (Don’t worry.  I won’t tell.)

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Written by Barb Caffrey

November 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

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