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About Me

Brought up a few miles from Aintree, the home of the Grand National, horse racing is in my DNA, and I spent most of my teens and 20s putting into action my plan of making enough money to buy a racehorse.  With a degree in English from Cambridge University, immediately followed by the sole annual graduate traineeship at The Daily Telegraph, Jan’s Plan was soon successful, and I was able to buy Brave Setanta by the time I was 30.

A side-effect of the plan was success as a journalist.  I wrote and edited The Daily Mail’s Update page, the first style column on Fleet Street.  I moved on to become launch features editor of Hello! magazine before returning to tabloids to be women’s editor of The Daily Express.  In due course the lure of sport overcame me, and I went freelance, writing mainly for country sports and equestrian magazines including Horse & Hound (yes, I am from Horse & Hound) and The Field, where I am a feature writer.

Freelancing gave me time to get many non-fiction books published and to pick up an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.  Meanwhile the racehorses got better, and a few touches were landed, and I was elected to the board of directors of the Racehorse Owners Association. Will this book reveal Jan’s Plan in full?  Will you too land a Touch? You have to be in it to win it: The Touch is On!

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