Jamie Reid will be on at 5.15pm on Friday 20th July in the East End Tent. Book tickets here

Jamie Reid is the author of the non-fiction books, A License to Print Money (short listed for the 1992 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award), Days Like These, The Education of a Racing Lover (short listed for 2004 William Hill gambling Book of the year award) and Emperors of the Turf as well as the acclaimed novels Easy Money and Home on the Range. His true story Doped, about the 1960’s racehorse doping gangs, was the winner of the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

A lifelong punter and racing enthusiast he is also a journalist and regular contributor to the Financial Times colour magazine, How To Spend It, for whom he writes The Smart Money column. He has also written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Harpers and Queen, the New Statesman, Money Observer and Private Eye.

Jamie’s latest book, MONSIEUR X, published in March 2018, tells the story of Patrice des Moutis, a charming and intelligent Frenchman from an aristocratic family who, between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, made a daring attempt to beat the French state-run betting system. With a genius for mathematics Des Moutis’ success so alarmed the authorities that they repeatedly changed the rules of betting in an effort to stop him. This long-running cat and mouse game – with the law on one side and des Moutis and the gangsters on the other – is a dazzling tale of glamour, riches, violence and ultimately tragedy.