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Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf by Gerald Murnane Text Publishing, 2015, 288 pages, $29.99 If you’re good at maths you play the casino tables—blackjack, poker, that sort of thing. You calculate the percentages; keep a mental record of cards dealt and cards still in the pack. An acquaintance of mine makes his living this way. He keeps a $250,000 account at Crown and spends his days and nights sitting at the baize, various good luck charms at his elbow to supplement his equations. He put his daughter through private school this way. Most Australians with the…

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