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Fans of 17-times champion National Hunt jockey AP McCoy are in for a treat later this year, as it has been revealed he is to write a novel.

Following in the footsteps of Dick Francis, John Francome and Jenny Pitman, AP is the latest racing legend to dip his toe in the world of fiction.

According to publisher Orion it will be all his own work.

With two autobiographies under his belt, AP plans to write a thriller set, unsurprisingly, in the fast-paced world of racing.

“It’s something very different, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to getting started,” said the Grand National and Gold Cup winning jockey.

Orion hopes to release the book in November, so AP will have to show his customary turn of speed.

Jon Wood of Orion said: “I’m so excited that AP has decided to turn his hand to fiction. With his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world, few are as well placed to create a brilliant new character in this genre.

“I’m sure these novels will have massive success with his army of loyal fans.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (24 January 2013)