Susan Lamb and Jon Wood have bought World Rights to a novel by champion jockey
A.P. McCoy from Johnny Whitmore at The Stellar Group Ltd. It will be published in hardback by Orion in November 2013.
The new book, a thriller, will take place in the exciting and competitive world of horse racing.
Jon Wood, Deputy Publisher of Orion Books, says: “I’m so excited that A.P. McCoy has decided to turn his hand to fiction. With his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world and what it is like to be champion jockey, few are as well placed to create a brilliant new character in this genre. I’m sure these novels will have massive success with his army of loyal fans.”
A.P. McCoy is without doubt not only the greatest and most successful jump-jockey of his generation, but of all time. He has won the jump jockey’s title a record 17 times, and has ridden over 3,800 winners so far, with his eyes still firmly fixed on becoming the first man to reach a total of 4,000 winners in National Hunt racing.
In April 2010 he achieved his lifelong ambition when he won the Grand National at Aintree on Don’t Push It, and later that year was named ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’, becoming the first jockey to win the award. He has also had famous victories in the King George VI Chase, Champion Hurdle, The Tingle Creek Chase and Queen Mother Champion Chase. In 2012, on Synchronised, he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second time in his career, beating the much-fancied favourite Long Run into third place, and showing why he is so revered in the racing world.
A.P. McCoy says: "Having published my autobiography a couple of years ago, I am delighted to be working with the Orion Publishing team again. This time I will be writing a thriller, which is something very different, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to getting started!"
A.P. McCoy’s My Autobiography was published by Orion in October 2011.
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