Michelle Payne – Life As I Know It – Updated Edition Released April 1, 2017

The first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in its 155 year history, Michelle Payne made ‘the race that stops a nation’ a race that inspired one.

There are great people in life who give you inspiration to keep going and get through the hard times. I have been blessed to have such role models in my life. It would be a privilege if achieving my dream could inspire the next generation.” — Michelle Payne

In Life as I know it, Michelle Payne tells her deeply moving story. It will lift your spirits, stir your heart and give you courage.

Michelle was six months old, the youngest of eleven children, when the family was hit by the tragic death of their mother, Mary. Their father, Paddy, a renowned horseman, raised his children alone. As a family, they all took on the daily demands of racehorses and a dairy farm as well as school and work. Family meant everything.

Michelle was put on a horse at the age of four. At five years old her dream was to win the Melbourne Cup. At thirty she rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Cup. Her strapper was her brother, Stevie.

When she declared that anyone who said women couldn’t compete with men in the racing industry could “get stuffed”, the nation stood up and cheered. It was a moment that inspired everyone who dreams of beating the odds.


About the Author – John Harms is a Melbourne-based writer, historian, and broadcaster. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, The Pearl, and nine editions of The Footy Almanac annual. He appears on ABC TV’s Offsiders. He is the editor of the popular sports writing site footyalmanac.com.au.


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