All the Beggars Riding
All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell: from the award winning author of The Meeting Point comes another powerful exploration of love, desire and family.
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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 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 time is running out
Love, lies, obsession, grief . . . gripping.
A powerful story . . . a writer of rare elegance and beauty, Caldwell doesn't just get inside her characters' minds. She perches in the precarious chambers of their hearts, telling their stories truthfully and tenderly.
All the Beggars Riding is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting and trying to make sense of her past . . . gripping and raw.
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