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    Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister. 

    Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

    Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

    ©2019 Dominic Brownlow (P)2020 Louise Walters Books

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    What a debut novel!

    I started reading The Naseby Horses w/o knowing much of the story or background; tbh, I bought it because I love small Indie publishers, and I wanted to support LWB after enjoying the Laura Laakso triology. The artwork of The Naseby Horses really spoke to me, especially the reflection in the water - but it didn't prepare me for the reading experience this turned out to be. Holy moly, I've never read a book where the discription of place (even though I was not familiar with that region at all) and smell was done so well that it painted a vivid picture in my head and made me feel as if I were actually transported to the Fenland village. For me, the author's description of the natural world added to the eerie feeling of both peace and isolation, of respite and nerve-wrecking uncertainty. Add to that the theme of a book within the book that brought along questions of truth/credibility, religion, philosophy, and regional history - I just couldn't stop reading. There a times that I just wanted to a) hug Simon, the narrator and main character, an epileptic who was experiencing seizures throughout the story, and b) congratulate the author for choosing to portray a health challenge like epilepsy in such a sensible and real way, and with a lot of empathy. Well done, Mr. Brownlow. With that writing, it became quite hard to keep an emotional distance to Simon, and even though I knew to be careful trying to figure out what was "true" and what belonged to Simon's spotty memory caused by seizures, that turned out to be a challenge. At some point I just enjoyed this haunting poetic ride. The Naseby Horses is a force of nature; a book that starts off with the mystery of a missing person, and then leaves you with a lot of questions in the best way possible, that'll no doubt bring me back to this book at some point. Heartbreaking, deeply moving, at times a bit scary (especially when you listen to the audiobook - performed by Robin Morrissey - well past your bedtime, hehe), and just truly special!

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