Tak­ing My TiMe by ge­orge baker

Horse & Hound - - Gift Guide - HL

RAC­ING fan or not, this hon­est au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, told with wit and wis­dom, should be added to ev­ery must-read list.

Within, Ge­orge re­veals life be­fore and af­ter his hor­ror fall while rac­ing on the snow in St Moritz in 2017 — the se­ri­ous head in­juries leav­ing him a “slightly changed man” to the one his wife, Nicola, mar­ried.

It is a re­mark­able story of Ge­orge’s sec­ond chance at life, one away from the sad­dle. The Group One-win­ning jockey gives read­ers a can­did ac­count of his road to re­cov­ery, with some char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally Ge­orge Baker hu­mour mixed in, too; tales of chat­ting up nurses in hos­pi­tal, an ob­ses­sion with phones and in­sist­ing on putting his tooth­brush through se­cu­rity at the air­port. With Nicola also re­call­ing anec­dotes, this is very much a book of Ge­orge and Nicola Baker and how they have man­aged to pull through af­ter this life-chang­ing in­ci­dent last year and be stronger than ever.

rac­ing Post books £20 iSbn 97819 10497890

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