The Long Road From Portman Square


By Ian Carnaby

A Gambler’s Odyssey from Portsmouth to Paraguay

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.

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For many years Ian has built a loyal following through his articles that have been published in various newspapers and via his Journal  at We are thrilled to publish Ian’s latest publication – The Long Road from Portman Square –  which is the long-awaited follow up to Ian’s first book Not Minding That It Hurts.

A 300 page book enhanced with illustrations and photographs –  the perfect read for any racing fan.

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’s writing makes me feel nostalgic for a time I never knew. He writes of the most colourful of characters – some shady, some eccentric – but always interesting.
He remembers places, events and, most notably, songs and movies. Then there are the horses, Not always the big names, but many drawn from the ranks of his much beloved low-grade sprint handicaps.
There are insights into how ‘the game’ has changed, of dusty betting shops and trips to the seaside at Brighton. Ian can draw his inspiration from years of watching life go by, dipping into its mysteries only to then hop back to his seat by the side. This book is a joy and an absolute delight in every way.


This book is dispatched daily from our office Second Class.

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