Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 4

Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 4

Jeff Hopkins

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Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 4

Jeff Hopkins 

1. The Spiv: The Robbie Sparrow Story

A retired sports' journalist who we come to know only by his nickname, 'Lumpy', decides to tell the life story of one of his earliest and most interesting friends, Robbie Sparrow. The writer is caught in a dilemma; should he 'tell it like it was', or sanitise a life for a more palatable product. After consultation with the subject of the proposed book, 'Lumpy' finally decides to recount the story 'warts and all'.

So we share Robbie's naughty, and sometimes wicked childhood, his adventurous and experimental teenage years, and the early part of his working life, which sees him fishing commercially up and down the West Australian coast. The last fishing trip results in a period of incarceration in Fremantle Gaol.

Called up for National Service, Robbie subsequently does a year-long tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return he retreats to a bush block in the great southern of Western Australia. 'Lumpy' helps his friend develop the block and build his house, and meets Angela for the first time. Then with commitments at two America's Cups, 'Lumpy' and Robbie lose touch.

When there is a 'twitch on the thread' everything has changed, and not for the better. A previous 'gentlemen's agreement' between Robbie and Cliff Birmingham, honoured years before, is now paid back in spades, and Robbie Sparrow has some 'golden years', and a positive influence on some young lives. 'Lumpy' gets an ending to his book, but it really wasn't the one he wanted.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  194

Internal pages: B&W

2. Handsome Jack: A Whizz-kid's Story

The ‘Whizz-kid’ is Jack Burton, a boy from the Goldfields’ town of Kalgoorlie, who wants to be an apprentice jockey. Almost jokingly, Jack’s father ‘Boy’ Burton, suggests that career path, and then has to stand back and watch his son’s introduction to the world of thoroughbred horse racing, which is both dynamic and dangerous.

Featuring in the passing parade of characters from the ‘Sport of Kings’ are the Stewards, who make and enforce the rules, and the cheats and criminals who try to bend and break them. There is also the state’s biggest owner- breeder, and a range of horse trainers; some who are just starting out, others who are struggling to survive, and one who is making a comeback at 71 years of age and relishing getting ‘another chance’.

Into that ‘heady’ mix are thrown a crusty newspaper Editor and his young protégé, the staff of a chemical analysis laboratory, private investigators, lawyers and two brothel Madams, from opposite sides of Australia, who have very different attitudes, agendas and perspectives on life.

Towering above all of that are the horses, which all have their own unique stories. Named after popular songs, playwrights and a surfing beach in South Africa, they all have one thing in common. They have the courage to run fast, and do so, especially for apprentice jockey, Jack Burton, the ‘Whizz-kid’. 

 

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 346

Internal pages: B&W

3. A Horse Called Signs: A Sequel to Handsome Jack

Charlize Thwaites is on the road home.  Firstly, to South Africa, and then back to Western Australia where her beloved husband, Marnus, lies in Fremantle Cemetery.

A teenage indigenous boy from Broome, Western Australia, Koen Jandamurra, is on the road to a traditional initiation, and becoming a man within his Yawuru mob.  He is also displaying skills as a talented swimmer under the tutelage of Warwick Taylor.  Romanian gymnastics’ champion and coach, Katarina Jelkavich, thinks Koen might be an Olympic gymnast in the making.

Ray Ratcliffe is training the second riding prodigy in his long and turbulent career, and is on the road from perdition to redemption.  Jack Burton is experiencing the thrills and spills of a champion

A thoroughbred entire called Signs, has already sired five fillies of his own. With a distinctive white blaze and three white socks, he loves to swim and run, and is on the road back from the breeding barn to the racetrack.  All roads lead to a property in Serpentine in Western Australia, where all this will play out with some unexpected results!

 

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 364

Internal pages: B&W

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