Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

by Lara Prior-Palmer

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"Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer’s memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance—and a classic underdog tale." — Entertainment Weekly

"If you like your memoirs to revolve around singular experiences, Lara Prior-Palmer’s Rough Magic delivers." —John Williams, The New York Times


At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”—an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race. As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited her.

Riders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that re-creates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, and many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose. Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their jeeps.

Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948226196
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 47,922
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LARA PRIOR-PALMER was born in London in 1994. She studied conceptual history and Persian at Stanford University. In 2013, she competed in the 1,000-kilometer Mongol Derby in Mongolia, sometimes described as the world’s toughest and longest horse race, and became the first woman to win the race, and the youngest person ever to finish. Rough Magic is her first book.

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Love_to_LearnLH More than 1 year ago
I am going to miss riding along with Lara tonight. I can't get her story out of my head and I want more. I am suffering from a serious book hangover. Her memoir is extraordinary in so many ways, the writing is thoughtful and emotional, the adventure of galloping across Mongolia in the longest horse race is often laugh out loud funny and then she makes you want to cry. I could not put it down and I am sad to see it end. Catapult did an amazing job discovering this new writer. I can't wait to read her next book.