Tue, 3 August, 2021



Welcome to our Book Club…

… well, not really, but yet another scribe has beaten lockdown lethargy by writing his memoirs. And we have exclusive extracts.

In a career spanning 34 years, GEOFF LESTER, one of horseracing’s pressroom greats, rose from tea boy to chief correspondent on The Sporting Life. His book *The Time of My Life covers everything from day one and even earlier, and explores the ecstasy and the agony that life on the Life brought him.

Geoff travelled the world of horseracing in America, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, France, Canada and Ireland, taking in 30 consecutive Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes, 20 Breeders Cups, 16 Dubai World Cups and a couple of Melbourne Cups.

Geoff said: “During the first Covid lockdown, every time I turned on my television someone was saying how they had relieved the boredom by writing a book.  I had been lucky enough to travel the globe writing about the sport of kings for The Queen’s favourite racing newspaper, so my wife Gerry suggested I put down on paper all the tales she and others had heard so many times at various dinner parties and social gatherings. She probably had an ulterior motive as it would at least get me out of her hair.

“I had the most wonderful time with the Life, and if my readers get half as much enjoyment from my book as I did writing the 77,000 words, then it will be mission accomplished.”

*You can order the softback book, priced at £13.99 inc P&P, by phoning the publisher on 01933 304776, or online here: https://weatherbysshop.co.uk/the-time-of-my-life-by-geoff-lester/

Now please click through to Members’ Noticeboard and read exclusive extracts from The Time of My Life.










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