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Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse (published in America as Seabiscuit: An American Legend) has been named the 2001 winner of Great Britain's famed William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. One of the most prestigious literary prizes in Britain, the Sports Book of the Year Award carries a prize of 10,000 pounds (about $14,300), a free 1,000 pound bet, and a leather-bound copy of the winning book. Seabiscuit, which was chosen over four other shortlist titles, was published by Fourth Estate, Ltd. in the UK and Random House in the US. A long-term number one best seller in the United States, the book is currently being made into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Seabiscuit is also the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary, for which Hillenbrand is serving as a senior consultant. The award announcement was made to a media-packed audience in London.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Chris Hagey on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 00:11 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Funny how fate works....we had put off our Thanksgiving road trip by one day and so were driving on Thanksgiving when I decided out of the blue to turn on the radio...there you were, just beginning your phone interview and I listened, enthralled, as you spoke of Seabiscuit. You are amazing and your book is one that I promised myself I'd pick up soon. As a holisitc practitioner I found myself perhaps most interested in the trainer biography (Tom Brown?) as it was emminently clear to me from the little you'd said about him that he was a man who could sense subtle energies and could tune into them, could and did work with them (just as I do) . Everything you said about him I understood. I am compelled to mention to you regarding CFS that what Tom did, you can learn as well in order to take back your power and your energy (and didn't you say that this is a book that keeps on giving? I sense there is even more than you may have thought :)....I was astounded to hear about your disability and am inspired by how much you've accomplished through it....I work for those with CSF and many other disfunctions, helping them to help themselves by working to harmonize their energy field and take back their lives (with a great success rate). This is what Seabiscuit's trainer understood, whether he did this consciously or not. (and no wonder he was more comfortable around animals than people as there would not have been many who worked as he did or understood that which he instinctively put into use.) If you do find youself intrigued in alternative / subtle energy work, please know that this is a mode that can accomodate you no matter where you are....for instance I myself only do remote work, meaning no physical meeting is required. Blessings to you, Sincerely, Chris Hagey
Troy, MI USA

Comments by kjkeller on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 09:45 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Thank you for one of the best days' reading I have ever had--I started the book at 10PM yesterday and couldn't stop--read straight through till 4PM finishing your final remarks with a good cup of tea and deep joy. I'm a native Marylander, with lots of time under my belt at Pimlico, adn fortunate to have seen Native Dancer's training base first hand. Your story on paper is as brilliant as the screenplay was for Phar Lap--an unlikely Austrailian racehorse with parallels of rough luck and phenomenal wins.If your screenwriters get stuck--have them watch Phar Lap --it is a memorable film. Your passion for horses and your vocation as writer are well matched--best of eveything to you!~Karla
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Clare Mansell on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 09:03 IP Logged
Laura, I so enjoyed (voraciously) devouring your book. I appreciate your research and total dedication to this project. Now I want to see some actual newsreel footage of the races - is it possible, and where?
Roswell, GA USA

Comments by Don Warren on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, About 6 months ago my wife & I were encouraged by some of our friends to take a 4 day tour of horse farms in Kentucky. Since we knew little about the world of thoroughbreds we booked the trip. Then, my brother fave me SEABISCUIT. I could not put it down. I made a recent trip from Charlotte, NC to Peace River, Alberta, Canada and on the way there and back I absorbed every word in your magnificient book. How can you possibly remember such detail and then put it on paper. You must be a genius. I want to learn more during our trip about the handicapping procedures (which I don't understand) as well as CLAIMER races. I really look forward to our trip since reading your book. Several days ago I heard you on Public Radio talking about your bout with CFS. It's hard to believe that you can put such energy on paper while wrestling with this illness. Laura, you have a wonderful gift of writing which I hope you continue to share with folks like me. Regards, Don Warren
Gastonia, NC USA

Comments by Oro Lucy Garzon-Duhov, Ph.D on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 05:18 IP Logged
Dear Ms Laura Hillenbrand, a friend of mine heard you on the radio, perhaps NPR, or in TV. She mentioned that you had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and overcame this illness. Please, would you be able to send me the name of your Dr. or any information that you have concerning that illness. I have it for the last seven years. I am most appreciative for your help, Sincerely Oro L. Garzon-Duhov, Ph. D.
Stamford, CT USA

Comments by Loretta Benge on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
I don't really enjoy reading at all & I am a teacher! I own horses and ride, therefore your book was of interest. But, it turned out to be more than that!!! Wow - I didn't get any papers graded, but I was inspired on how you wrote the book, what I need to teach my students to look for in a good book, incredibly good aspects in writing and the personal value I gained, as all your admirers said, ditto - ditto Amazing! I can't wait to see the movie.
Weimar, CA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 01:40 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: A number of readers have asked about how they can see actual film footage of Seabiscuit. You're in luck. Famed filmmaker Steve Ives is now producing a one-hour documentary on Seabiscuit's life. This documentary, which will air on PBS' American Experience next year (the date has not been slated), will feature original footage of all of Seabiscuit's major races as well as newsreel footage, home movies taken by the Howard family and Doc Babcock, and interviews with me and many of those associated with the horse and his handlers. I am serving as a consultant on the documentary. I will be adding a page to this site devoted to the documentary soon, so check back for details.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Jill North on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 00:24 IP Logged
I'm not old enough to have ever seen Seabiscuit race or even any newsreels but I'm familiar with his name and the names of other famed race horses.I didn't know anything else about him. I friend lent me this book and it is terrific. So interesting and well written and a chronicle of the times. It would appeal to anyone no matter their interests or background. It can easily be read in 2 days. Thank you for a wonderful story and history.
Jackson, CA USA

Comments by Pat Lore on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
I work with Connie Schein and I have just finished your book. (We've met) Excellent story and book. I am the facilitator at this Monday night's book club and would love to know what you are up to these days so I can tell the group since I haven't heard from you in a while. How is Borden? We'll have to talk soon.
Wash, dc USA

Comments by gary arbeiter on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Thank you. I aspire to write and read mostly fiction. I am drawn to "word crafters" like Proulx. Having just finshed your book I am very happy I listened to the critics and read "Seabiscuit". You are a wonderful story teller. Good luck with the movie.
Sedona, Az USA

Comments by Sandy Strother on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 09:40 IP Logged
Laura, I read your book several months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your writing style is fascinating. Congratulations on your huge success!! Then a few weeks ago I picked up a magazine in the waiting area of a carwash in Butte, MT and read the story of your malady. I worked for your stepmother for almost 5 years and had just heard her version of your horrifying disease -- quite a different story than yours. I know your forthrightness will help others. Thank you for your honesty in both your book and your personal health history.
Wise River, MT USA

Comments by Joseph W. Zahra on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 06:25 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Laura Hildenbrand, I want to thank you for such extraordinary reading of your book “Sea Biscuit”. I found the book to be one that caught my interest in the history of horse racing. My previous knowledge of horses and there abilities where very limited. After the first few chapters, I felt that this story should be made into a movie. I was delighted to read that you are on assignment to consult your services to this production. Your writing held my attention that this was one of those few books that I could not put down. I would be interested in your ideas in the filming of this movie. You have the gift of creating a story that allows the reader to enter into the lives of the characters and feel their emotions. Sincerely, Joseph W. Zahra
Hampton Bays, NY USA

Comments by Joachim Klehe on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
Wonderful book Laura! It's in that rare category of reading that kept me up until 3AM this morning and which I picked up again as soon as I had my first cup of coffee this morning. How about getting someone to assemble & edit the newsreel footage of Seabiscuit and War Admiral onto a DVD and I'll bet you'll sell a copy to everyone who bought your book. Just what you need, another project! Wishing you the best and am envisioning your recovery from CFS. Best wishes to you.
San Antonio, TX USA

Comments by Amy A. May on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Laura-My mom is currently reading your book and I'm next on the list because of her enjoyment and excitement that she is currently sharing with me! She has a personal interest in your book because she was very close to Neville Dunn,for whom S. Howard Charles signed a drawing of a head shot of Seabiscuit. She just had the drawing framed as your book came out, thus the increased interest!!! She just wanted to pass this on to you. Thanks for the wonderful book as we love our horses here in Kentucky! -Amy
Lexington, ky USA

Comments by Ron Cook on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 00:00 IP Logged
Laura, I throughly enjoyed the interview you gave to Diane Rehm on PBS. Thank you for bringing this story together and for sharing it with us. Regarding the CFS, you might want to contact Caroline Myss, author of "Anatomy of the Spirit."
Tulsa, OK USA

Comments by Rebecca Brown Thompson on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I loved your book and I know many others who did as well, including my riding instructor and my later father, for completely different reasons! What a pleasant surprise to be listening to NPR yesterday morning while baking Thanksgiving Day bread and find your interview with Diane Rehm. I tried calling in repeatedly but was obviously just one of many who wanted to talk to you. I wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and express my sincere hope that they will find a cure to your illness so that you may write your next great book and do all the things you love, including riding horses. By the way, my brother, Monty Brown, says he knows your fiance. All the best, Rebecca
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by Cary Harper on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:13 IP Logged
Thanks for such a great book! I have loved horses all my life and used to own one when I was a young girl. I have been following horse racing since the late '70's and find it thrilling. Your book gave me a lot of insight and information about the racing world. I had no idea what jockeys went through. Some of that was so horrifying to me and I truly hope that things are better for them today. Thanks to your book, Seabiscuit has entered the ranks of my top 3 favorites, Man 'O' War, Secretariat and now the Biscuit. Just as Smith and Howard said, there will never be another horse like him. Thanks again for a terrific story. I can't wait for the movie!
Evanston, IL USA

Comments by Graham Sharpe on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 06:37 IP Logged
Laura - I am the man who sponsors the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year award for which your book has been deservedly short-listed. I should like to congratulate you and request that you mention this fact on your site.I also wish you every success when the result is announced on Monday and hope to be able to talk to you then.Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director, William Hill.
London, England

Comments by Paul on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 04:49 IP Logged
Thank you, for YOU.
Grapevine, TX USA

Comments by Steve on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 03:25 IP Logged
Laura, Thanks for the wonderful book and for coming out about Chronic Fatigue. I was diagnosed in 1985 after a year of trying to convince doctors that I wasn't depressed, wasn't alcoholic, and wasn't homosexual (HIV). The first ten years were the hardest. I'm grateful to have the energy to read and glad you've found the energy to write. FYI, Dr. Jon Kaiser in San Francisco knows a lot about CFIDS, although, as you know, there doesn't seem to be an effective treatment as yet. Steve
San Francisco, USA

Comments by Judi Obrig on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
As a person who was blessed to have owned two horses (Saddlebreds), I want you to know how much I was moved by the story of this incredible horse and the people who nurtured his genius. Thank you for the best read I've had in many years and I eagerly await the movie. Please don't let them "Hollywoodize" the Biscuit! Can you recommend a good book about "Big Red" (Secretariet). I count myself fortunate to have seen him race (KD). Good luck and good health to you in the future.
Columbus, OH USA

Comments by Loni LePage on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
I know virtually nothing about horseracing but your book so appealed to me that I bought it - what a wonderful story! I grew to love this little horse, and as I read his story I felt the heartache and the pride experienced by his "team" and Seabiscuit himself! Thank you for making us aware of this historical legend!
Vernon, BC Canada

Comments by joe engwer on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
I just read the book and it was great. The story about a once in a lifetime horse and the people whose life it changed was well written and always entertaining. I would like to if possible send my book jacket to you or to someone who can forward it to you so you could autograph it for me. If this is possible please e-mail with details Thank you and i look forward to the movie. JOE ENGWER
new haven, ct USA

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