At last, What the horses heard is available on Kindle: this is the link.
I’d be grateful if you could pass this on to anyone you know who has a Kindle! Shameless self-advertising, I know but if I don’t no-one else will!
So to put extra jam on my toast here are some reviews:
My friend Rachel North and her horse Squeaky were reading What the horses heard to one another! So here is what Squeaky, aged 3, had to say:
‘Apparently it’s very good for a new book to be enjoyed and reviewed, so here is my first book report. I would like to say that What the Horses Heard is a very tasty book indeed. It was woody, with hints of inkiness and some undertones of plastic. Absolutely delicious.. Mum says actually it is a beautifully written story about world war one and the lives of the characters who endure hardships I could only imagine and which is definitely worth a read – but I have to say I saw her with it and she definitely did not eat it, so I wouldn’t trust her….
Until next time Humans!’
— with Rachel North.
This one is from the Amazon page where you can read several others too now!
“If you read only one of the plethora of publications emerging from the First World War centenary this year, make it Rebecca Gethin’s new novel, “What the Horses Heard.”
At one level it is an adventure story of a young woman, Cass, whose passion for her horses leads her to the carnage of the front lines in circumstances which are highly unusual but, thanks to Gethin’s meticulous research, very plausible.
At another, it is a cry of outrage against the futile sacrifice of war, as voiced by the young woman’s brother whose hatred of violence condemns him to spend the War reviled and abused as a conscientious objector.
Gethin is a poet, as well as a novelist, and brings to life the various settings of her wide-ranging novel with subtle detail and observations which are simply breathtaking – whether she is describing the idyllic Dartmoor of Cass’s childhood or the horrors of a veterinary clinic in Flanders.
Dark though the subject matter is, “What the Horses Heard” Is an uplifting portrayal of people and animals responding to the horrors of war with dignity and integrity. Gethin has taken on a difficult subject and transformed it, with the sheer quality of her writing, her humanity and her passion into something life-affirming and positive.”
(You can see why I had to show you that one, didn’t I? (sheepish grin))