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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 thirty she rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Cup on the outsider, Prince of Penzance. 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.

Michelle’s hallmark grit and determination were needed in the year after her historic win. She took out her jockey/trainer licence while continuing the punishing regime of being a jockey. But a dramatic fall resulting in a split pancreas meant her year was filled with more rehab and reflection than rides.

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    9780522870169

    April 3, 2017

    Melbourne University Press

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780522870145

    April 13, 2016

    Melbourne University Press

    248 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780522871609

    April 3, 2017

    Melbourne University Press Digital

    255 pages

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  • EBook

    9780522870152

    April 13, 2016

    Melbourne University Press Digital

    243 pages

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