Nimblefoot /Published by : Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, (Camberwell, VIC :) , 2022 Physical details: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. ISBN:9780143786450 (paperback); 0143786458 (paperback).
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|New book||Melbourne Athenaeum Library||Fiction - Historical||DRE||Issued||15/10/2022||064406|
Includes bibliographical references.
At the age of ten, and just short of four feet tall, a boy from Ballarat named Johnny Day became Australia's first international sporting hero. Against adult competition he wooed crowds across continents as the World Champion in pedestrianism, the sporting craze of the day. A few years later, in 1870, he won the Melbourne Cup on a horse aptly called Nimblefoot, this time impressing British royalty and Melbourne's high society. And then, still aged only fourteen, this already-famous athlete and jockey disappeared without a trace. Robert Drewe picks up where history leaves off, re-imagining Johnny's life following his great Cup win. Celebrations that night land him in the company of Prince Alfred himself and some key Melbourne identities. But when Johnny becomes a reluctant witness to two murders in the town's most notorious brothel, he finds himself on the run again - this time from the law itself.