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Unbreakable

The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World's Most Dangerous Horse Race

by Richard Askwith

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Unbreakable by Richard Askwith
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    Sep 2019, 432 pages

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This eloquent biography recounts the life and legacy of horse rider Lata Brandisova, the only woman to win the infamously challenging Grand Pardubice Steeplechase.

In this well-researched biography, journalist Richard Askwith takes readers on a journey into 1930s Czechoslovakia as he follows the life of Lata Brandisova, the first and only woman to ever win the Grand Pardubice Steeplechase, also known as Velká Pardubická, a horse race that is widely considered to be the most dangerous in Europe. To read Brandisova's story is to be inspired. Female jockeys were unheard of at the time and she experienced intense male hostility on and off the track. In addition, the press regularly gossiped about her, focusing more on her hairstyles than her riding ability. In spite of the intense scrutiny she faced, she proved unbreakable and accomplished extraordinary feats that boosted her country's morale on the eve of World War II.

The biography clearly charts the course of Brandisova's life. She was born in 1895 and grew up in a small estate outside ...

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