Pitman, Jenny

Jenny Pitman is another author from the racing world who has followed the track first blazed by Dick Francis, and followed since with variable success by John Francome. After a very successful career racing (Jenny Pitman was the first woman trainer to win the Grand National – in 1983, with Corbière) she has written a series of thrillers about Jan Hardy, a trainer. The Dilemma, the one I have read, is a decent enough read. I was not 100% convinced by the plot: Jenny Pitman is on much surer ground when she writes about the ins and outs of training life, at which she is very good indeed. The book came alive when Jan’s training life is described, and it’s worth reading purely for these bits. I think Jenny Pitman has better books in her than her thrillers, and I’d like to read a straightforward story of racing life, untainted by thrillerdom.

The Jan Hardy series
On the Edge
Double Deal
The Dilemma
The Vendetta
The Inheritance

Finding the books
All still easy to find in hardback and paperback.

Links, sources, and further reading
Jenny Pitman interviewed in The Independent, 29 March, 2009
Jenny Pitman – Chairman of Ponies UK
Jenny Pitman; the Autobiography, Partridge, 1998, Bantam, 1999, pb
Glorious Uncertainty: the autobiography of Jenny Pitman, written with Sue Gibson, Willow, London, 1984, 192 pp.