Gould, Nat, 1857-1919.

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The lady trainer / by Nat Gould. (London : John Long, [1906?])

Nat Gould was an English journalist who migrated to Australia in 1884 and worked for the Brisbane Telegraph. His main work was as sports writer, specialising in horse-racing. In late 1887 he moved to Sydney and began work on the sports newspaper, The Referee. He had a column each week under the name of “Verax” in which he gave tips and wrote sketches. His first racing serial, “Blue and white” appeared in the paper from 8 March to 3 May 1888. Another, “With the tide”, ran in early 1890 and was published by Routledge in 1891 as The Double Event. The book was released in Australia at the time of the Melbourne Cup that year, a fact to which Gould attributed its success. It was adapted for the stage by George Darrell, and achieved a measure of fame for the twenty horses which are brought on stage for the final scene.

He continued to work in Sydney, writing eight more serials, all of which were published in book form, then, in January 1895, he resigned and returned to England. Carbine, the winner of the 1890 Melbourne Cup, travelled over on the same boat.

Back in England he wrote four novels per year and new titles were still appearing well after his death in 1919. In all he wrote 130 novels, 22 of which were published posthumously. Most of his books appeared as “yellowbacks”. They centre on racing, and include elements of detective fiction and romance. He was the Dick Francis of his time. His books have sold more than twenty-four million copies.

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