No of pages: 272
Other Editions: Paperback
All the Beggars Riding
From the author of The Meeting Point (winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, 2011) comes a powerful exploration of love, desire and family.
When Lara was twelve, and her younger brother Alfie eight, their father died in a helicopter crash. A prominent plastic surgeon, and Irishman, he had honed his skills on the bomb victims of the Troubles. But the family grew up used to him being absent: he only came to London for two weekends a month to work at the Harley Street clinic, where he had met their mother years before, and they only once went on a family holiday together, to Spain, where their mother cried and their father lost his temper and left early.
Because home, for their father, wasn't Earls Court: it was Belfast, where he led his other life ...
Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother, All the Beggars Riding is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting her past just as she realises that the time to get any sort of answers is running out.
Fiction Uncovered 2013
All the Beggars Riding has been chosen as a Fiction Uncovered 2013 Read. Here's Lucy discussing the novel with another Faber author, Louise Doughty.
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