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Nat Gould (Nathaniel Gould, 1857–1919) was one of the most prolific, if not the most prolific, equine authors. Born in Manchester, he worked as a journalist on the Newark Advertiser, and in 1884 left England for Australia. There he worked for the Australian press, and married. He moved to the Sydney Referee, and was made chief racing correspondent, under the pseudonym Verax. After he resigned from the paper because of a quarrel, he joined the Bathurst Times. He was commissioned to write a racing serial, which was published in novel form as The Double Event in 1881. Its publication at the time of the Melbourne Cup, Gould thought, contributed to its massive success. After writing more novels, he returned to England with his family in 1895, and continued to write at a quite phenomenal rate of around four books a year. By the time of his death in 1919 he had published around 130 racing novels, with a further 22 awaiting publication.
Nat Gould’s novels remained in print long after his death, and some are still in print now. Many appeared as 'yellow backs', and the young Josphine Pullein-Thompson devoured these.
Finding the books
Many are now being republished by the British Library digitisation project. First editions in dustjackets may well prove very expensive.
Links and sources
The excellent Nat Gould website is comfortingly scholarly, and very well worth a look.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Frederick Page, revised Clare Taylor