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
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As an adult, Lara turns to writing in an attempt to heal herself, and a key strand of the book is an investigation into the comparative powers of memoir and fiction...This very readable, engaging novel makes a barely believable set of circumstances tenderly credible.Read Full Review of All the Beggars Riding | See more reviews from Guardian
All the Beggars Riding – a reference to the saying "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride" – is often moving, and it succeeds at allowing us a peek at other, believable, fully realised lives.Read Full Review of All the Beggars Riding | See more reviews from Guardian
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