Elvis and Me by Gillian Wills

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Meet Elvis, an ex- bedraggled racehorse with haunted eyes, a glint of pride and plenty of attitude. Now meet Gillian, a talented musician and educator…who knew straight away that there was a place for Elvis in her life.

A few sentences on the front of this book written by Kristina Ollson (author of Boy, Lost) immediately drew me to it…..

‘This Elvis has all the swank, beauty and heartbreak of his namesake. A book for anyone who cares about animals –and music’

Animals and music…that is me in a nutshell so I snatched this up quick sticks. I was not disappointed. Earlier this year I read another book called ‘Saving Baby: How One Woman’s Love for a Racehore Led to Her Redemption’ by Jo Anne Normile and Lawrence Linder. It was the reading of this book that made me aware of some the horrible behind the scene realities of horseracing. Therefore reading Gillian’s memoir cemented further the effects that horseracing has on these animals, and what Elvis’s fate might have been without Gillian’s determination, loyalty and unshakeable bond of love. You would think finally fulfilling your lifelong dream of owning a horse would be a time of frivolities and taking leisurely rides through picturesque locations. Wrong. The bond Gillian wanted desperately to have with her new friend, was not handed on a silver platter.

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I love reading books that stay with me…that have me thinking about them a long time after I have read the last word. Also the ones that change the way I see things….for the better…and push me to kick those rose tinted glasses to the curb. I challenge you to read this book…and sit back and have a think when we are immersed in all the glitz and glamour of the Spring racing carnivals.

I fell in love with Elvis and his journey in this book, it is definitely one for your bookshelf or a gift. Thank you Gillian for sharing your story, it is one I won’t forget. When I save my own Elvis one day..I will be sure to let you know. Inspirational..read this one..and thank me later.

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5/5 marmalade sandwiches

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