Fast as the wind

Horse lovers and action-adventure fans alike will delight in this fast-paced tale from British novelist and journalist Nat Gould. As a lifetime fan of horse racing who covered the sport for a variety of publications throughout the entirety of his career, Gould packs Fast as the Wind with the kind of expert detail that knowledgeable connoisseurs will appreciate.

Nathaniel Gould (21 December 1857 – 25 July 1919), commonly known as Nat Gould, was a British novelist.
Gould was born at Manchester, Lancashire, the only surviving child of Nathaniel Gould, a tea merchant, and his wife Mary, née Wright. Both parents came from Derbyshire yeomen families. The boy was indulgently brought up and well educated. His father died just before he was to have left school, and Gould tried first his father’s tea trade and then farming at Bradbourne with his uncles. Gould became a good horseman but a poor farmer. In 1877, in reply to an advertisement, he was given a position on the Newark Advertiser gaining a good all-round knowledge of press work. After a few years he became restless, and in 1884 sailed for Australia, where he became a reporter on the Brisbane Telegraph in its shipping, commercial and racing departments. In 1887 after disagreements with the Telegraph management, Gould went to Sydney and worked on the Referee as “Verax”, its horse-racing editor. Later Gould worked for the Sunday Times, and Evening News. Then followed 18 months at Bathurst as the editor of the Bathurst Times during which time he wrote his first novel, With the Tide, which appeared as a serial in the Referee. He returned to Sydney and the Referee and wrote another six other novels for the same paper. In 1891 his first novel, With the Tide, was published in book form in England under the title of The Double Event and was an immediate success; it sold over 100,000 copies in its first ten years and was still in print in 1919. It was dramatized in Australia and had a long run in 1893. In 1895 Gould returned to England; he had been 11 years in Australia and he felt that his experiences had made a man of him. Back in England, Gould returned to writing fiction, for many years writing an average of over four novels a year; about 130 are listed in Miller’s Australian Literature.

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