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06 Jan 21 18:08
Date Joined: 14 Dec 10
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Hi Guys. can anyone recommend any non fiction racing or punting books books I can read please.
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Report Slicer January 6, 2021 6:32 PM GMT
The Life & Secrets of a Professional Gambler by Alex Bird will distract you from the virus for a few hours.
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 2:13 AM GMT
Thanks slicer but I have read it Alec bird the punter who apparently made his cash betting on photo finishes according to the book. Thanks anyway since I posted  I have found a really brilliant specialist horse racing bookshop with literally 1000s of titles Some were published in the 1800s They cost an arm and a leg but I may as well by them as give to betfair. Last year I had a horrendous year and I am carrying on where I left off think I am restricted to betting on the exchange. The bookies that showed me the red card would welcome me back now 2:12am still not sleepy
Report Poulakerry January 7, 2021 7:30 AM GMT
Could you post details of the specialist shop please, angrybryan.
Report Slicer January 7, 2021 8:45 AM GMT
Angrybryan- seriously-if the situation is as I understand it, please seek help. This lockdown is leading to more & more compulsive gambling. There is no shame in seeking help for ANY compulsion. I have known only 2 compulsive gamblers- both lost everything-wives, children, homes and ANY FUTURE. I have mentioned a saying on here before-"If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always got!" If the truth was told by BetFairians, you'd be hard put to find many in profit on here and fewer making a living betting. Regard your losses as gone forever, you'll never claw them back. Don't throw good money after bad.Lots of cliches, but some are appropriate in your case. Cut out gambling completely. It'll take a lot of self discipline but deep down inside you know it 's the only way. Spend your money on different books & fill your time in a different way keeping busy to alleviate the boredom which is experienced by many on BetFair.

My time is valuable because it's running out at an increasing rate. I sense you are a decent person so I've taken time to post this. I joke around a lot on these forums, but  this is very serious. Please excuse me if I've misunderstood your position. Good luck!
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 12:34 PM GMT
Hi Slicer,thank you for your concern.You are not wrong.I recognised the trait in me early doors, thats why I never wed.It now seems unfortunately to be part of my DNA.
Report Slicer January 7, 2021 12:48 PM GMT
Angrybryan- a couple of cliches for you: "Even God cannot change the past, but only you can change the future!"
"The past is history, the future is mystery, but the present is a gift, that's why it's called the present!".
Very syrupy but an element of truth in them. In the end, you've got to do it for yourself, with or without the help of others.
If you've got the cojones, close your BetFair account or exclude yourself for a decent period of time. You'll suffer withdrawal symptoms, but you'll have more money than you would have had!
Good luck!
Report onlooker January 7, 2021 12:55 PM GMT
angrybrian -

As also requested earlier by  poulakerry ...

Can you p;ease give the Name & Address of this Specialist Bookshop.

Thank you.
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 1:04 PM GMT
To Poulakerry, R.E.&G.B.WAY.  I have compared the cost of the better known books with Amazon's,and there about the same.So this is a fair indication that the rarer titles are about the right price.The problem with the cataloging is that it lacks any meaningful subject description,so unless you are aware of the books content its difficult know what you are buying.So if you were interested in buying the more obscure stuff a shop vist is your best BET. Still I had an interesting virtual wander around.I particularly taken with the shops stock of Major John Fairfax Blakeborough's,a north eastern equine memorist D1976 who had a column in the SportingLife for a number of years.He also wrote in the Stockton and Darlington Times for over fifty years.His writing style was a touch garrulous,[possibly like mine],but interesting for all that. Bryan
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 1:05 PM GMT
Report onlooker January 7, 2021 1:11 PM GMT
Yes - angrybrian - Fairfax-Blakeborough well-known Yorkshire/Northern scribe ... But - as re-requested just minutes ago on the post before your latest post ...

What is the Name & Address of the shop - PLEASE - and/or Website?
Report sparrow January 7, 2021 1:13 PM GMT
Report onlooker January 7, 2021 1:17 PM GMT
Are - got you.

With you answering = "To Poulakerry, R.E.&G.B.WAY" - I misread R.E.&G.B. as an acronym for another poster.

Yes R.E.&G.B.Way - just outside Newmarket, at Burrough Green - They have been in business for donkeys years (excuse the pun)  Happy
Report TheAnorak January 7, 2021 3:04 PM GMT

This one won't deplete your bank account:
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 4:04 PM GMT
Thank you Mr Anorak I will give it a spin.I did attempt to post the details of my current library which included some stonking good reads,but unfortunately the unseen merry INVIGILATOR (good afternoon sir) nixed my post.I assume he thought I was trying to flog them. Bryan
Report lead on January 7, 2021 4:49 PM GMT
From Soba to Moldova's good reading..
Report screaming from beneaththewaves January 7, 2021 5:11 PM GMT
The best descriptions I've ever read of the world of propunters were those by Brough Scott in his collection of columns from the Sunday Times of 40 years ago, called On And Off The Rails.

They're all there: Barney Curley lands gigantic coups, while Alan Argeband gets put away by Chester Barnes at Newton Abbot; Dodger McCartney follows the jumpers in the depths of winter, while Arty Edwards lurks in the bushes on Newmarket heath. There's one article, in which Scott takes the train down to Westenhanger with the punters for an afternoon at Folkestone, which now stands as a monument to a glorious lost world.
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 5:39 PM GMT
On and of the rails I will read that. Brough Scott is a great writer.Its funny I have never been jealous of any sporting star,film star,celebrity,or politician.But I have always wanted to write like Brough Scott.
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 5:52 PM GMT
This is off subject but even if you are not into politics this laugh out loud funny website Scroll in. Donald Trump been forced to leave the Oval Office hilarious
Report Facts January 7, 2021 6:03 PM GMT
Always Back Winners by Stuart Simpson.
The original book, not to be confused with a tipping service of the same name.
If you bet in Handicaps, this book has some very interesting observations.
Originally published in 1982, some of the key indicators are still relevant today.
Report paulo47 January 7, 2021 6:06 PM GMT
Last two decent ones I read , The Druids Lodge Confederacy (the gamblers who made racing pay ) - Paul Mathieu and The Dickler and his circle - Mary Comyns Carr .
Report onlooker January 7, 2021 6:15 PM GMT
angrybrian - Just so long that you wanted to write like Brough Scott - and not  talk like him.

He must be one of the most difficult people to listen to, articulately, that there is .....

- leaving aside Mick Fitzgerald, of course.
Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 6:22 PM GMT
Chester Barnes now there a character I used to follow the table tennis circuit in my younger days couldn’t hold candle to Chester who was England No1 within four years of starting to play an absolute natural.Him and Dennis Neal used to win the weekend tournament virtually every week.They bother like a drink so one of them would win the tournament and while the other one got pissed and then reverse positions next week.Not very professional but happy days.I had a chat with Chester at Collwick Park many moons ago.He said all he did was back the horses Martin tipped him I would guess that would be like playing on the one arm bandit and getting paid out almost every  the time. Cheers,I am on the electric soup.hick.            Bryan
Report screaming from beneaththewaves January 7, 2021 7:17 PM GMT
You'll have to buy Brough Scott's bokk to find out what happened next.

Report angrybryan January 7, 2021 9:40 PM GMT
Weighed in screamer.two pound fifty on delivery.
Report shiny new shoes please January 9, 2021 5:05 AM GMT
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