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Brisbane, 1984. It all started with a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one, and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong?

In The Fine Cotton Fiasco, Peter Hoysted and Pat Sheil brilliantly tell the scarcely believable tale of how - through a combination of horrendous mismanagement, terrible judgment and comically bad luck - the scheme gradually unravelled. 

How did a horse with white painted socks dripping onto the turf come to hold the hopes of punters across Australia and beyond? How was a supposedly secret plan so widely advertised that even the Queensland Commissioner of Police placed a bet? And how much of a cover-up ensued in the aftermath of this absolute debacle?

The story of Fine Cotton is the stuff of Australian legend. It features hardcore crims, likable rogues and a supporting cast that ranged from the hapless to the hopeless - with some entirely innocent bystanders thrown in for good measure. Not every crazy scheme cooked up by a couple of inmates in Boggo Road Gaol would culminate in a story that will be told across the nation for the next hundred years. But this one did.

©2019 Peter Hoysted, Pat Sheil (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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A laugh and a half

This is a remarkably well written, delightfully comical account of the Fine Cotton story. It is a most witty and original format that gives the reader a sense of being truly involved and is tastefully commentated in an unmistakably Australian dialect. A must read for Aussie true crime or racing enthusiasts.

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wonderful Australia history

love the narrator the story is funny great Australia history and most enjoyable thank you more please but narrator

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Loved this!

Thoroughly entertaining story, hard to believe it is all true. Jacobson does mispronounce some Sydney landmarks, but overall does a great job with this well written yarn that is, at times, hilarious.

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Could not stop listening

Never been interested in horse racing, but this was just a cracking story throughout. Well written, easy to devour & excellent narration.

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Jack the insider needs to write more books

Absolutely riveting. Do yourself a favor and read this book, even if, like me you weren’t old enough to remember this hilarious part of Australian sporting history. Laugh-out-loud funny.

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Crackin’ Aussie Yarn

Brilliantly researched, colourfully written, perfectly read. Somebody needs to make a movie out of this sooner rather than later.

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Great

Recommend to my friends great story well organised story the story is told very well

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