It might be Royal Ascot week but the recently published "Red Hand" is all about the Derby at Epsom, not the comings and goings of Royal Ascot. Written by Michael Tanner co-author of George's autobiography many years ago and part owner of our lovely flying grey "My Amigo" this book is a must have for racing fans.
SECRET of the SUFFRAGETTE DERBY
On 4th June 1913 militant suffragette EMILY DAVISON walked into the midst of the Derby field and sustained head injuries from which she later died.
Her reasons for so doing are uncertain. Was this a protest that went wrong? Or were her actions motivated by something of greater gravity than women’s suffrage?
Was there someone even more fanatical than she on Epsom Downs that afternoon? An Irish terrorist known as RED HAND…
Acclaimed Turf historian MICHAEL TANNER wrote the definitive account of THE SUFFRAGETTE DERBY - described as ‘the book of the year’ by Racing Post and ‘as good as any Dick Francis novel’ by Mail on Sunday.
In RED HAND he weaves a fictional tale around the event featuring the popular characters Algy Haymer and Connie Swynford from his Victorian racing novel THE TINMAN’S FAREWELL:
‘A lively piece of historical fiction but with a strongly non-fictional narrative.’ Simon Holt
‘So good and big a story that it really ought to be true.’ Brough Scott.
‘The writing is sharp, the story is appealing, and the characters are nothing if not colourful.’ Irish Field
‘A rough and raunchy ride.’ Racing Post
NOW READ THE FOLLOW-UP…and who’s to say the story doesn’t chime with a ring of truth?
RED HAND ISBN 978-1-5246-3381-3 PAPERBACK RRP £14.95
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