Centaur – A man, A horse, A Ghost

Declan Murphy and Ami Rao in conversation with Stuart Kelly, talking about Centaur

The Borders has a rich tradition of the horse, join us at Mainstreet on Tues 23rd May to hear the astonishing true story of a jockey who, quite literally, came back from the dead…

A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park.

His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead. Miraculously he survived and eighteen months after his fall he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.

For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now writer Ami Rao has helped him find those words, piecing together what happened before, during and after his ‘death’.


‘ A Man, A Horse, A GhostBeautifully written and genuinely revealing. It is brilliant. A work of art, Centaur has a music and a rhythm all of its own but more than that, it has an immense depth of soul and spirit.’ – Clare Balding

Author event

Tue 23rd May 2017
7:30£10
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