Jay Barton is a young teenage misfit with an extraordinary talent for understanding racehorses - and riding them. When she leaves home to work in a riding stable, Jay forms a bond with a beautiful grey mare called Manhattan - brilliant, misunderstood, dangerous and heading for the racing scrapheap. Apart, Jay and Manhattan are nothing special; together, they will take the male-dominated world of horse racing by storm. Terence Blacker's new novel for 10-13 year olds, Racing Manhattan (Andersen Press, 2016), is a fast-paced story with a powerful emotional core, a National Velvet for our times.
Terence writes for newspapers including the Independent, plays the guitar, writes songs and lives in his house in the Norfolk countryside which he converted from a goose hatchery. His previous novel, The Twyning (Head of Zeus/Candlewick), is an epic story pitting rats against man.