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I never met anyone whose interest in racing matched my own. Both on and off the course, so to speak, I've enjoyed the company of many a racing acquaintance...I've read books, or parts of books, by persons who might have come close to being true racing friends of mine if ever we had met. For most of my long life, however, my enjoyment of racing has been a solitary thing- something I could never wholly explain to anyone else. As a boy, Gerald Murnane became obsessed with horse racing. He had never ridden a horse, r seen a race. Yet he was fascinated by photos of horse races in the Sporting Globe, and by the incantation of horses' names in radio broadcasts of races. Murnane discovered in these races more than he could find in religion or philosophy- they were the gateway to a world of imagination. Gerald Murnane is like other writer, and Something for the Pain is like other Murnane book. In this unique and spellbinding memoir, he tells the story of his life through the lens of horse racing. It is candid, droll and moving - a treat for lovers of literature and of the turf. 'A treat - a rare glimpse into the mythology of a grand sport.' Gerard Whateley
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Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction 2016.