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Life As I Know It - Michelle;Harms, John; Payne

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Published: 15th April 2016
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The extraordinary story of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work.

All of the ten Payne children learned to ride racehorses but Michelle has stayed the distance. She has ridden the miles, done the dawn training, fallen badly and each time got back on the horse. So when she declared that anyone who said women couldn't compete in the industry could 'get stuffed', the nation stood up and cheered.

Michelle has the audacity to believe she can succeed against all the odds. Her story is about hope triumphing over adversity, and how resilience and character made a winner.

About the Author

Michelle Payne entered racing aged 15, winning her first race in Ballarat on a horse trained by her father. Michelle won her first Group One race, the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse aboard Allez Wonder on 10 October 2009 and trainer Bart Cummings offered her the ride at the Caulfield Cup the following week. Michelle was only the third female jockey to ride in the Caulfield Cup, one of Australia's most prestigious horse races. This also led her to a ride in the 2009 Melbourne Cup, once again riding Cummings' Allez Wonder. In 2010 Payne rode Yosei to victory in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.

John Harms is a Melbourne-based writer, historian, and broadcaster. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, The Pearl, and nine editions of The Footy Almanac annual. He appears on ABC TV's Offsiders. He is the editor of the popular sports writing site footyalmanac.com.au.

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    Great read, a bit repetitive in some instances but a very good read.

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    Michelle Payne Our female Hero

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      Every New Zealander & Australian should read this book, and be proud of her achievements.

       
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        Relaxing read

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        Very suitable for a racing fan, Michelle Payne provides such an uplifting story.

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          I would recommend this book to old and young alike to read. i found it a fascinating well produced book..I believe ti would make a good motivational read,

           
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              Behind the scenes of one of the most courageous young sports women in recent history. If you are looking for inspiration and a new heroine then look no further,this book is for you!

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                ISBN: 9780522870145
                ISBN-10: 0522870147
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 248
                Published: 15th April 2016
                Publisher: Melbourne University Press
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.8
                Weight (kg): 0.37