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- DescriptionThe Derby, June 1913. A suffragette dies for her cause; but what of the man who feels responsible for killing her? The King's Jockey was inspired by the life of royal jockey Herbert 'Bertie' Jones, his tragic collision with Emily Wilding Davison 100 years ago, and the dramatic events that followed. Until w Bertie Jones has been just a footte in a history book, but his story is uplifting and life affirming despite the terrible outcome of the 'Suffragette Derby'. Author Lesley Gray, like many people, had heard of the sacrifice made by the suffragette who ran out in front of the King's horse, but knew next to thing about the jockey. Who was he and how did this terrible event affect him? There was little written about Bertie Jones, so I had to research most of my material. The more I found out, the more it made me wonder about where he had come from, how he had achieved his fame and how he coped after the suffragette incident. My story is fictional, but I have tried to create what might have been a similar world. I wanted to examine what may have driven Emily Wilding Davison to her dreadful fate and to lift Bertie up from a mere footte in history. The central character in The King's Jockey is Bertie himself. While the narrative is mainly from his point of view, the vel draws on a series of vividly drawn and compelling characters to create Bertie's world, a world of strong traditional values that will be forced to change through the wider and sometimes darker external forces at work. The King's Jockey explores the evolving roles of the individual, the family and society, considering the issues of responsibility, loyalty, sacrifice and belief. Timed for the 100th anniversary of the 'Suffragette Derby' on Sunday 1 June 2013. Press and public interest in the 100th anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison's death on 8 June 2013. Widespread public and media interest in the 'Golden Age', the year preceding the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
- Author BiographyThe King's Jockey is Lesley Gray's first novel. Brought up in rural Oxfordshire, Lesley has worked in science publishing, IT and management consultancy. Lesley now lives in Kent with her husband. Here she combines her job in academic and educational publishing with writing and studying Comparative Literature at the University of Kent.
- Author(s)Lesley Gray
- PublisherSolis Press
- Date of Publication03/01/2013
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Place of PublicationTunbridge Wells
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSolis Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight378 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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