All the Beggars Riding, Paperback


If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. (Trad.) 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.




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