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The Horseman

By: Tim Pears
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

1911. In a forgotten valley on the Devon-Somerset border, the seasons unfold, marked only by the rituals of the farming calendar. Twelve-year-old Leopold Sercombe skips school to help his father, a carter. Skinny and pale, Leo dreams of a job on the estate's stud farm. He is breaking a colt for his father when a boy dressed in a Homburg, breeches and riding boots appears. 

Peering under the stranger's hat, he discovers Miss Charlotte, the Master's daughter. And so begins a friendship between the children, bound by a deep love of horses but divided by rigid social boundaries - boundaries that become increasingly difficult to navigate as they approach adolescence.

©2017 Tim Pears (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Fascinating

A little slow to start but gathered momentum. The tale is told,stunningly, mostly through the eyes of the carter’s son, in a series of vignettes. It shows the vanished world of the English countryside of a hundred years ago with description and detail that is a delight.

The book also becomes a spellbinding story.

Great narrator too.

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  • 01-12-19

Wonderful tale, beautifully narrated<br /><br /><br />

This story about a carter's son -- an Owen Meany sort of character-- on a turn of the century (19th) West Country estate is beautifully narrated.