Gould, Nat, 1857-1919.
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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