Author(s): Mark Baxter
It's 1985 - Thatcher is in power, Sade is on the radio and the print workers have gone on strike. A motley rabble of seven firm friends: Thimble, Gudger, O'Sh, Fred the Shoe, Dave, Alfie and Bax meet every Sunday in their favourite South London boozer for banter of the highest order and a lot of taking the mick. Then, out of the blue, one of their number receives some news which knocks him and his merry band for six. Reeling from this shock and confused about how to deal with it, the boys meet and rally in standard fashion, in the Dutchman with a few light ales and an aim to set the world to rights. One day an unknown character approaches the crew and asks them a most intriguing question...'Does anyone here want to buy a racehorse?!' From that simple but surreal question unfolds the story of seven likely lads who embark on a unique journey in the name of their mate, and what happens when they just decide to go the whole bifta.
Seven drinking buddies decide to buy a racehorse and embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Full of well-drawn characters whose antics will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. CHOICE
Mark Baxter is a latecomer to the world of publishing. He has also written The Fashion of Football (Mainstream, 2004), which he co-wrote with Paolo Hewitt, and which was voted as one of just fifty top football books of all time by the magazine 442. He also co-wrote the book WALWORTH THROUGH TIME with Darren Lock which was published in 2010, which has been described as a love letter to the area of SE17. He also loves a sharp crease on a pair of trousers and Millwall Football Club. Paolo Hewitt is best known as a music journalist and he worked for Melody Maker and NME during the 1980s. His acclaimed memoir The Looked After Kid (Mainstream), is currently in pre-production for a feature film. He has also written novels, biographies of The Jam, Oasis, and Steve Marriott and has collaborated with Spurs player Martin Chivers on his autobiography, Big Chiv! which was published in October 2009. His most recent book was the bestselling Paul Weller - the Changing Man (Bantam Press).