Stranger than fiction: Jockey McCoy set to write crime thriller book
19:26 GMT, 15 January 2013
09:59 GMT, 16 January 2013
Is there anything he cannot do AP McCoy might be chasing his 18th consecutive jump jockey title but the iron-man of jump racing is now set to turn his hand to being an author.
Plans for McCoy to produce a crime thriller in November were announced yesterday by Orion, who published his autobiography in 2011.
The jockey will join an established tradition of racing figures who have produced works of crime fiction based on the sport dating back to former royal jockey Dick Francis.
Man of many talents: AP McCoy released an autobiography in 2011 but is a newcomer to the world of fiction writing
Others to have tried their luck as authors are Jenny and Richard Pitman, and John Francome.
With a relentless work schedule, it is hard to believe McCoy will have much time to sit at his keyboard but a spokeswoman for the publishers said: ‘AP will be getting advice but will be writing the book himself.’
Jon Wood, Deputy Publisher of Orion Books, said: 'I’m so excited that A.P. McCoy has decided to turn his hand to fiction.'
Champion: McCoy became the first jockey to win Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 and has ridden over 3,800 winners
'With his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world and what it is like to be champion jockey, few are as well placed to create a brilliant new character in this genre.
'I’m sure these novels will have massive success with his army of loyal fans.'
McCoy has won the jump jockey’s title a record 17 times, and has ridden over 3,800 winners with his sights now fixed on becoming the first man to reach a total of 4,000 winners in National Hunt racing.
He said: ‘Having published my autobiography a couple of years ago, this time I will be writing a thriller, which is something very different, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to getting started!'