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Publisher's Summary

In Life as I Know It, Michelle Payne tells her deeply moving story. It will lift your spirits, stir your heart and give you courage.

Michelle was six months old, the youngest of eleven children, when the family was hit with the tragic death of their mother, Mary. Their father, Paddy, a renowned horseman, raised his children alone. As a family, they all took on the daily demands of racehorses and a dairy farm as well as school and work. Family meant everything.

Michelle was put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to win the Melbourne Cup. At 30 she rode into history as the first female jockey to win the cup. Her strapper was her brother, Stevie. So when she declared that anyone who said women couldn't compete with men in the racing industry could get stuffed, the nation stood up and cheered.

It was a moment that inspired everyone who dreams of beating the odds.

©2016 Audible, Inc. (P)2016 Michelle Payne

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Fantastic !!

Loved the story, a great Australian girl. Definatly worth a read. Such a brilliant end.

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Loved it

This was the most enjoyable, true story I have listened to. I could not stop listening to it and listened every opportunity I had. The book isn't too long and gets straight to the facts. I The narrating was so believable and easy to listen to. I just loved it.

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Inspiring and honest!

This book is excellent. It highlights the importance of family and commitment to tasks! Michelle has been very honest in revealing the tapestry of her life and how each experience has shaped her sense of destiny! Very inspiring!

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Marvellous Muchelle

Great book. Very moving story. A great aussie battler. Fantastic family. Narrator was great. Highly recommended.

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Great listening!

Really enjoyed this. The narrator was great and i couldn't stop listening!
An inspirational and uplifting audiobook about the 2015 Melbourne Cup heroine, totally recommended to any racing fan, young or old.

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A great read

If you could sum up Life as I Know It in three words, what would they be?

Courageous, inspiring, exciting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life as I Know It?

Her Melbourne Cup win of course.

What about Pia Miranda’s performance did you like?

She was so believable. I felt like I was hearing Michelle telling the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One of the greatest moments in the history of the Melbourne Cup.

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I really enjoyed this book and couldn't stop listening till it was done. Great story of a terrific girl, a terrific horse and a terrific family. A good insight into the racing world.

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Great story.

Great story of a courageous girl and wonderful family. Also very well narrated. Pia Miranda bought the book to life.