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Racing the Boys

Racing the Boys

Racing the boys is a fictional interpretation of the true journey of Hedwick 'Granny' McDonald, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary passion for training thoroughbreds in her own spirited way during an era when racing was almost totally male dominated.

By 1924, Granny was a leading showjumper and the first woman in New Zealand to be granted a professional training licence. Over the following decade and a half, she became one of the Dominion's leading trainers of thoroughbreds: sprinters, stayers and jumpers. Her career reached its climax with Catalogue, a little-known eight-year-old gelding, winning the 1938 Melbourne Cup.

However Granny would not become a household name in Australia or New Zealand as the Victoria Racing Club refused to credit her with training the equal oldest horse to win the prestigious two-mile handicap.

A riveting tale to be enjoyed by followers of horse racing, history and female pioneers.





Reviews and Comments

"Jacqueline Dinan brings an extraordinary woman of New Zealand racing to life."

- Mary Mountier, Author, Racing Women of New Zealand

"Granny McDonald achieved a milestone in a male dominated profession. In doing so she paved the way for racing women like myself to follow in her footsteps many years later."

- Sheila Laxon, Trainer of Ethereal, 2001 Melbourne Cup Winner

"Writer Jacqueline Dinan imaginatively melds fact with fiction to tell Granny's inspirational story in full for the first time, taking us back to the thirties with a view from both sides of the Tasman. Raise a glass to Granny!"

- (Dr) Andrew Lemon, Author - The History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing




Between the Dances

Between the Dances

A compilation of stories from over 300 Women around Australia about their lives during WW2 - their voluntary and paid efforts they made while concerned for their men. It is filled with photos from personal albums - a rare treat to have them exhibited after 70 years.

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A Woman's War

A Woman's War takes us into the life of a mother during the Great War. It provides a unique and intimate perspective of how she and other women of her inner-city, working class community endured an incredibly diffi cult period of Australia's history and exemplified to future generations how to face hardship.

This poignant and insightful story reveals tribulations and tragedies not talked about by the generations of women who followed them.

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A Woman's War

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