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A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irishby Bill Barich
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Twenty-five years after Laughing in the Hills, his racetrack classic, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. Barich travels his adopted country and meets the leading trainers and jockeys; the beleaguered bookies who work rain or shine; and a host of passionate, like-minded fans—from Father Sean Breen, the “Racing Priest,” to T. P. Reilly, whose peculiar betting system turns on a horse’s looks.
Witty, philosophical, and vividly written, A Fine Place to Daydream is a paean to the real Ireland, a moving tale of a surprise romance, and a thrilling account of a hugely exciting season at the track.
The author of the racetrack classic Laughing in the Hills describes how a new life in Dublin led to his growing involvement with the Irish obsession with horses, racing, and wagers and recounts his encounters with the leading Irish trainers, jockeys, horses, bookies, and a populace fascinated by the world of horse racing. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Bill Barich has lived in Northern California for most of his life. For many years he was a staff writer at The New Yorker, contributing fiction and nonfiction alike. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. He is a Literary Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library and currently lives in Dublin.
About the Author
Bill Barich is the author of six previous books of fiction and nonfiction. Amazon lists Laughing in the Hills among its ten best sports books of the twentieth century, while Sports Illustrated calls it one of the 100 best of all time. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and a literary laureate of the San Francisco Public Library, having lived in the Bay Area for many years before moving to Dublin.
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