The Story of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's Greatest Race is an elaborate coffee-table book, three years in the making.
With more than 300 pages, The Story of the Melbourne Cup is filled with essays, illustrations and a stunning collection of images and offers the most extensive historical and cultural account of this great event and its champions.
Author: Stephen Howell
Publisher: Slattery Publishing
Number of Pages: 304
Author Notes: Stephen Howell has been a racing editor at The Slattery Media Group since 2008. For 40 years before that he was a newspaper journalist, working in different sections on different papers (The Examiner and The Mercury in Tasmania, The Daily Mirror in Sydney, and The Sun, The Herald, The Sunday Age and The Age in Melbourne), but always returned to sport, both as a writer and editor. He has covered football, tennis, athletics and cycling, but has concentrated basketball, and on his first sporting love, racing. For 20 years he covered the men’s and women’s national basketball leagues and followed Australia’s international campaigns, reporting at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, the 1998 men’s world championships in Athens, and the women’s world championship in Adelaide and Sydney in 1994. From the mid-1990s until after the 2008 Melbourne Cup carnival, he wrote racing features for The Sunday Age and The Age, and for several years edited The Age’s tabloid liftout formguide.