All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell

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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.
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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

 

About Lucy Caldwell

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Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She read English at Queens' College, Cambridge, and is a graduate of Goldsmith's MA in Creative and Life Writing. Her debut novel Where They Were Missed (2006), was described in the Independent as 'beautifully paced, evocative and unfaltering . . . an object lesson in balancing the personal and the political'. An award-winning playwright, she is currently under commission to write for the main stage of the Royal Court Theatre. Her most recent novel, The meeting Point won the Dylan Thomas Prize 2011.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Faber & Faber. 263 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Feb 21 2014

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.

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Reviewed by Jessica Holland on Feb 16 2013

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.

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