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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552089311
  • 9780552089319

Review Text

Miss Stranger's sixth novel, of mares and men again (Breed of Giants, 1967), is set in Weeresdale, England, where superstition saddles the hard times of the Proud family. Made miserable at home by an extravgant, hysterical wife, Richard Proud takes consolation in Zara, the "gleaming gold" horse he hopes will restore his stud farm to the grandeur that was grandfather's. But it's a race with misfortune - his wife worsens into seeming madness; daughter Sue disappears into a blizzard; young Sam faces drowning in the "Little Pot." Jockeying into a winner's place at last, Richard discovers his wife needs only a brain operation for a meningeal tumor and while that's being done, Zara clears the finish line first, and rider Sam takes the jump to Ascot. Saddle soap opera with a long established if endemic continuity in the British Isles. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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38 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 50% (19)
4 29% (11)
3 16% (6)
2 3% (1)
1 3% (1)
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