Twenty-five years after "Laughing in the Hills, " his racetrack classic, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. Barich travels his adopted country and meets the leading trainers and jockeys; the beleaguered bookies who work rain or shine; and a host of passionate, like-minded fans--from Father Sean Breen, the "Racing Priest," to T. P. Reilly, whose peculiar betting system turns on a horse's looks.
Witty, philosophical, and vividly written, "A Fine Place to Daydream "is a paean to the real Ireland, a moving tale of a surprise romance, and a thrilling account of a hugely exciting season at the track.
About the Author
Bill Barich is the author of six previous books of fiction and nonfiction. Amazon lists "Laughing in the Hills "among its ten best sports books of the twentieth century, while "Sports Illustrated "calls it one of the 100 best of all time. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," and a literary laureate of the San Francisco Public Library, having lived in the Bay Area for many years before moving to Dublin.
“An easy, fluid stylist, Barich writes entertainingly about anything, but in Irish racing he has grabbed on to a good thing. . . . Samuel Johnson could not have said it better.” —The New York Times
“Like a horse that senses the ability of its rider and responds accordingly, readers know when they are immersed in the work of a master. Barich makes a winning companion–he's warm, funny and relaxed.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Captivating. . . . Mr. Barich recaptures much of the feel and compass of his first narrative of the equine life, once again weaving a broad tartan from scores of interviews with inhabitants of every corner of the horseracing industry.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The author, who a quarter century ago in Laughing in the Hills found inherent majesty in the broken-down plugs that race on the Northern California circuit, embraces Irish jumpers with similar enthusiasm.” —Chicago Sun-Times