Rough Magic : Riding the world's wildest horse race-9781785038860

Rough Magic : Riding the world's wildest horse race

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Author(s): Prior-Palmer, Lara,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 03/09/2020,
Pagination: 336 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Ebury Press,
Published By: Ebury Publishing,
Book Classification: Autobiography: sport, Memoirs, Horse racing
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9781785038860

WINNER STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS 2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL PRIZE 2019

The Mongol Derby is the world's toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don't make it to the finish line.

In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer - nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown - decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses.

In one of the Derby's most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race. A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman's encounter with oblivion, and herself.