Just Nat: Life in the Fast Lane with Natalie Lowndes

Authored by Pine Rivers, Natalie Lowndes

Described by Ian Skippen as: ‘Just that—one woman’s race through life. Flat out down the straights and no backing off on the corners. From the back streets of Kallangur to the racetrack and outback, in ‘Just Nat’ beats a huge heart and soul.’

The book’s synopsis: For self-professed bogan, Natalie Lowndes, life centred around her brother until a shocking tragedy. Teenaged Nat fled in the night with her horse Blue. What happened next led her into the path of an emerging racecar driver. A whirlwind romance, and Nat woke to her photo on the front pages. Jill Johnson took her under her wing, and as her husband cemented his legendary status on track, Nat’s pleasure in mixing with the crowds saw her become a fan favourite. 

Natalie Lowndes tells stories from behind the scenes when fans were still allowed in the pits. Sooner than expected, kids arrived. On one stretch of road life accelerated, the other veered off-course. Tales from a mum, land-owner, horse-lover, friend, daughter, sister and a girl from the ‘burbs who was thrust into a world of big talent, big money and big egos. Includes interviews with Helen Lowndes, Jill Johnson, Bev Brock and Alyson Faulkner.

This official biography of Natalie Lowndes, former wife of V8 racing car champion, Craig Lowndes, has drawn wide commendations, with Betty Klimenko, Erebus Motorsport Super Cars racing team owner, saying ‘Absolutely amazing, so much so I am going to read it a second time.’

And others: ‘A great story that is told well. It was easy to read, mostly I laughed but my heart broke a few times too. Very much recommend. It was written without pettiness or attention seeking,’ Sharon A.

‘Wowee. There’s a lot to take in. It’s so well written. One thing I’ve come to realise, she (and Craig Lowndes for that matter) have such an amazing ability to keep that smile on, no matter what’s happening inside, and the ability to smile and make others feel okay, even when they’re not,’ Peter.

‘Just Nat: Life in the Fast Lane with Natalie Lowndes’ is available from all good bookstores and libraries, and online at local publisher hawkeyebooks.com.au. 

You can meet Natalie Lowndes and Natalie Kile at an In-Conversation event at Caboolture Library on Saturday 19th March 1:30pm to 3pm.

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