More guests revealed for Scarborough’s Books by the Beach festival

Declan Murphy with Ami Rao
Declan Murphy with Ami Rao

Sport stars feature at this year’s Books by the Beach festival.

On Friday April 28 there is two tales of determination and self belief.

At 5.30pm in Scarborough Library Concert Hall ex-jockey Declan Murphy tells his story. Declan became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation. He rode a host of winners in top races. But his world came crashing down in 1994 when he fell at the final hurdle at Haydock Park.

His skull shattered in 12 places he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post printed his obituary. Miraculously he survived and 18 months later he saddled up to race at Chepstow. He guided Jibereen to the finishing post in winning position.

For 23 years Declan was unable to tell his tale of. Ami Rao is a British- American writer who worked in the financial markets. She is horse mad and often spends time riding. Ami helped Declan find the right words and together they have penned Centaur.

A 7.30pm on the same day four champion rowers will be appearing at the Spa Theatre to talk about their new book Four Mums in a Boat. These four Yorkshire lasses made history by crossing the Atlantic in 67 days.

The champion team comprises of Janette Benaddi - clinical researcher, Helen Butters - a communications expert in the NHS, Frances Davies - a solicitor and Niki Doeg - a business owner.

Tickets for these and all other events available at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the Four Mums tickets also from the Spa.