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Narrated by Charlie Mackesy.

Brought to you by Penguin.

Discover the universal tale of four unlikely friends that has captured the hearts of listeners of all ages, now available in audio.

Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

Charlie's words have brought comfort to many and have been shared online by those around the world, as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, on magazine covers, on street lampposts in lockdown, in school classrooms, local cafés and hospital ward walls. They've even been used as screensavers for NHS hospital computers in difficult times. 

The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with listeners of all ages. 

Enjoy the journey of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse brought to life in audio by its author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, with a beautiful music score and the real wildlife sounds of rural England. 

©2020 Charlie Mackesy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Charlie Mackesy's mesmerising debut combines the simplicity of The Giving Tree, magic of The Velveteen Rabbit and the curiosity of Paddington." (Elisabeth Egan, New York Times)

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Relaxing, soft, the horse is my favourite by far. Shared with all I love x

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Beautiful

A fabulous storey, beautifully read. Makes an hour of your day very relaxing while thought provoking. Thank you Charlie

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Simply beautiful and inspiring. For adults and children. Thank you * * * * *

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Beautiful and uplifting

Such a beautiful tale, well read, soothing music and nature sounds, the meaning of life

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absolutely beautiful

such a beautiful book and Charlie's reads it with such emotion, happy with the book

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great book.

loved it cant wait to share it with my children and my parents and friends

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Literally the most beautiful thing I’ve ever listened to.

Beautifully narrated, heartwarming story with great sound bites of wisdom. Love it listened to it twice in a row. 10 stars if I could 👍👍👍👍

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Heaven to the ears

Loved it, got the book but who wants to read such a beautiful book in the bath. Calming and soothing. Perfection 💟

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For those days when your lost or down

Perfect for any age. A great sleep aid or meditation. For days when your down, or can't sleep, if your worried or just need an hour. Beautifully read by the author and a book to listen to over and over again.

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A gentle, powerful adventure with a compass

I’d seen the images and words from this book used on social media and always found them helpful. I then heard about the book through the influence and comfort it brought to someone who was in a storm of their own, so I bought the book. I love the tea stain moon. I’m a big fan of having stories read to me too, so downloaded the book on Audible. Wow. Charlie’s gentle tones and storytelling abilities bring the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse an even greater depth and meaning. The music is incredibly beautiful and the words ever more supportive and poignant. Finding out about the tea stain moon and how it came to be was also a warming treat. This book has heart and it has strength. It’s like the hug I needed it to be. Thanks Charlie x

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Life within discovery and Kindness

What a lovely story I could pause at each sentence and breathe kindness inn and suffering out. Transforming in love and kindness!