Like the Wind

A dream of glory. A dangerous choice. In racing, only winning counts.

Life seems to be going well for sixteen-year-old apprentice jockey Sid Everett — until the moment he listens in on a private conversation. Now his worst fears are confirmed, and he is about to face the thing he least wants.

Knowing protests are useless, Sid agrees to move to a new racing stable far away to complete his apprenticeship. His riding prowess and ‘horse whisperer’ skills have served him well so far. But will they count for much in a big stable, and in the highly competitive racing world he’s about to enter?

When Sid stumbles across a disturbing secret, his determination to succeed is thrown off course. As the mystery pulls him in, he realises he must make a choice. And it may cost him everything. Will doing the right thing mean the death of his racing dreams?

Set in post-WWII rural New Zealand, Like The Wind is a story of dreams and determination. J L Williams evokes the 1940s with accuracy and sensitivity. A fast paced and heart-warming story of courage, conflict and friendship which will long remain in the heart and mind.

By J L Williams

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Author’s note

For readers aged 10 to 16, Like The Wind is the second book in the Holding The Horse series, and completes the two-book series. It deals with themes of trauma, especially as related to war, and the power of horses as healers. Like The Wind has considerable content about horses and horse racing, and about friendship and post-war trauma. It brings the reader into the world of Post-WWII New Zealand in the 1940s. It has themes of ambition, friendship, honesty, hardship, caring, healing from trauma, loyalty, and determination.

$1 from each copy of Like the Wind sold goes to Riding for the Disabled in Whangarei.


Patricia Fenton, author of Beyond the Rimu Grove and War Bride ~ “Like The Wind has it all – drama, heartache, pathos and fulfilment. I finished the previous book, Holding The Horse, eager to know what the future would hold for Sid, and here it is – a compelling sequel that weaves the threads of Sid’s ongoing adventures to reach an incredible conclusion.”

Dr A Walpole, rural GP and RDA volunteer ~ “This was a very enjoyable read. It is well written and holds your attention and interest. From a (generalist) medical perspective I am happy that it represents trauma issues sensitively and appropriately.”

F R M Riley, author ~ “A wild ride from beginning to end!”

Like the Wind was a winner in 2023 Storylines Notable Book Awards for junior fiction.

About the Kiwi author

Find out more about Whangarei author J L Williams on her author page.J L Williams NZ author

Additional information

Dimensions20.3 × 12.7 × 10 cm
First published



Paperback edition



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Published by

Ocean Echo Books


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