The Long Road From Portman Square

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By Ian Carnaby

The Long Road from Portman Square

A Gambler’s Odyssey from Portsmouth to Paraguay



The Long Road from Portman Square is the long-awaited follow up to Not Minding That It Hurts.

About Ian

A freelance scribbler and occasional broadcaster since 1991, he was the Irish Field’s British correspondent for 32 years, wrote a wry, introspective column for the late, lamented Sporting Life and was later taken on by editor Bruce Millington at the Racing Post, where his Sunday column was required reading for many.

The Long Road From Portman Square follows his 2005 memoir Not Minding That It Hurts, also published by Marten Julian, with whom he has enjoyed a successful working relationship over many years. Callers to his conversational telephone line and readers of the Weekend Card accepted long ago that Brighton and Bath invariably rival Ascot and York when it comes to forensic form analysis.

Ian lives in Nailsea, Bristol though much of his work is produced in favourite hostelries and restaurants. He likes the quiet times there, the early mornings and mid-afternoons.

Marten says

“Ian is blessed with a special talent. His work has that rare knack of prompting the most emotive of responses in the reader. Somehow he makes you feel nostalgic for an age or time you may never even have known.”


This book is being prepared for a launch date of 1 December 2020.

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