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Today we welcome bestselling author Lara Prior Palmer to talk about the gap year that inspired her book, Rough Magic. At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”―an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. Lara ultimately became the youngest and first-ever woman to win the race. Margo, Julia and Lara discuss the entirety of Lara’s gap year, what it was like competing as a woman and why she thinks all young people should consider the magical uncertainty of gap time.

***Contest Alert*** We are giving away a copy of Rough Magic!

We are running the contest through Monday, December 16th so the winner will get their copy just in time for the holidays. 


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Winner will be announced December 17th! 

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“Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer’s memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance―and a classic underdog tale.” ―Entertainment Weekly

Here are some other reviews of Rough Magic:

The New York Times

The Guardian

The Washington Post


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Think about ways to tell your gap year story!

Voices Project Live! – Gap Year alum Ambar Khawaja


Writing piece for online outlets or papers about your experiences

Video projects/VLOGs

As Lara says, “If you have any inclination for expressing yourself in words, you just have to write, write, write.”