What the horses heard

The time has come to say a bit about What the horses heard, to be published in May by Cinnamon.The final proofs are just finished and the manuscript has returned to Jan Fortune. It’s enough to give anyone (well, me) heart failure: 84 k words…. all in the right and perfectly chosen order; properly punctuated and spelled – my story spun from straw!  I only managed to press the Send button after staring at the computer for three hours and wondering what more I could do to improve the book. Finally, you just have to let it go to make its own way in the world.

You will all be invited to the launch on Fri, May 16th in Ashburton Church Hall but if you can’t make it you might catch me at the new Exeter Library on Thurs, June 12th;  at Worcester Lit Fest on June 25th (provisional) and at Ways with Words, Dartington on July 8th/9th.   Any tips on marketing strategy gratefully received!

And what is Horses about?  Conscientious objectors in WW1, a shooting error, a young woman determined to do her bit, a countryside full of creatures,  a war, soldiers, a disguise and an accusation,  an asylum, a hospital, wild swimming and oh, some horses …that’s what it’s ‘about’… but really the war might be a metaphor for something ..I haven’t worked it out yet. The subconscious works in mysterious ways.

You can read a bit more on the Cinnamon website and it’s being previewed on Amazon, Waterstone’s and WH Smith already. Meanwhile the precious freight of sentences is soon to be on the way to the printers and seeing will be believing!   That fantabulous cover is a painting by Totnes-artist Anthony Amos. (Thank you, Jan Jones)

You’ll be hearing more about this book in due course…I won’t let you forget it.


About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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20 Responses to What the horses heard

  1. Chris Morse says:

    Thanks for letting me know and I look forward to reading it!! Sure it will be a winner. Keep me posted on book launch.



  2. Stephen Lear says:

    Well Done Becky! You must feel proud, relieved, and a bit lost?

    We shall put the date in our diaries and, I imagine, also look forward to your presentation at Ways with Words.

    Love Carole and Stephen


  3. Congratulations, Becky! A relief and nerve-wracking/racking in equal measure, I’m sure. It sounds intriguing and I look forward to reading it. Well done!

  4. eleanorjvale says:

    Well done Becky!

  5. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Very proud of you, Becky, and excited for you. What a great post! But I must say the atmosphere must have been a bit tense at your home for those three hours before you pressed the send button 😀 xxx

  6. susanrouchard says:

    Congratulations Becky. Can’t make any of your presentations. Toulouse is really too far from England.
    The cover is sublime. The story sounds very exciting and I’m sure will make its way in the world. I’ll be sending copy of this to Marilyn Hammick, hoping she can come for the both of us. take care

  7. ros1eb says:

    So pleased you have pressed the send button and I’ll look forward to the launch and having a copy. Terrific cover! X Rosie

    • Hi Rosie, you might be interested to know that there is an exhibition at Salcombe of Anthony Amos’ paintings coming up at end of March. I think it’s at the Drang Gallery. They are all amazing. (At Padstow in middle March)

  8. Joanna Erde says:

    Congratulations Becky! Will look forward to reading this – it sounds so interesting.

  9. CarolineD says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this. It sounds right up my street. I can empathise over teh difficulty of pressing the send button but I think I made Jan wait for more than three hours.

  10. So exciting for you! I look forward to reading it.

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