All the Beggars Riding and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: £1.91

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading All the Beggars Riding on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

All the Beggars Riding [Paperback]

Lucy Caldwell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Price: £7.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 23 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £4.19  
Paperback £7.99  
Audio, CD, Audiobook, Unabridged --  
Audio Download, Unabridged £23.97 or Free with 30-day free trial

Book Description

6 Feb 2014

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

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

All the Beggars Riding + The Meeting Point + Notes to Future Self
Price For All Three: £20.53

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Feb 2014)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0571270565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571270569
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is an award-winning playwright and novelist - for more details, see her website at

Product Description


Love, lies, obsession, grief . . . gripping. (Daily Mail)

A powerful story . . . a writer of rare elegance and beauty, Caldwell doesn't just get inside her characters' minds. She perches in the precarious chambers of their hearts, telling their stories truthfully and tenderly. (Independent)

All the Beggars Riding is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting and trying to make sense of her past . . . gripping and raw. (Irish Independent)

Book Description

From the award winning author of The Meeting Point comes another powerful exploration of love, desire and family.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride 9 Feb 2013
'If wishes were horses, beggars would ride' is an old saying, meaning that if all we needed to do for things to be better is to wish for them, then we would all be living the good life; and so the heroine of this novel, Lara, a care worker in her late thirties, mourning the death of her mother and suffering after a failed love affair, comes to the realization that wishing her life were different is of no use, and that for her life to change, she must do something to change it herself. Therefore, after attending creative writing classes, Lara decides to write her life story, in order to try to understand and to address issues from her past.

Moving backwards and forwards in time from the 1970s to the present day, the first part of this novel tells Lara's story as she sees it, and it is here that we read of how Lara grows up with her younger brother, Alfie, and her mother, Jane, in a small flat in Earl's Court, with her mostly absent father, a plastic surgeon, who spends a large part of his time working in Belfast, helping to reconstruct the faces of those who have been injured in the bombings. Even as a young child, Lara is aware that something is not quite right between her mother and father - although it is evident that they adore each other - but it is not until she is twelve years old that Lara learns the truth about her father's double life. Shocked and confused by her parents' situation, Lara turns away from her father, and becomes a troubled adolescent, and when her father is killed shortly after her discovery, she feels consumed with guilt. (No spoilers - we learn all of this early on in the novel and also from the information on the book's cover).
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mish mash 3 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Found this book bit of a dissapointment that in my opinion never really flowed or reached any great climax . Got the impression the author wasn`t quite sure how to execute the story. Reminded me a bit of stories you wrote in primary school.,put everything on paper you could think of and finished with the classic "and then I woke up !" .That said passed a pleasant couple of hours but is sadly instantly forgettable .
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Lara’s unremembered story remains unremembered 23 Sep 2014
The narrator Lara is writing the intriguing story of her childhood, the strange life of her parents, but tells the reader she cannot accurately remember the events and reactions. We know that – all recall is fiction. Then Lara tells the reader the same again. And again. This, more successfully than an IRA bomb between the covers, demolishes both engagement with her tale and interest in it. Lara is taking a succession of creative writing courses, so be creative. Get on with exploring or explaining the behaviour and motivation of the characters instead of offering scenarios in shards.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A QUIET, GRACEFUL AND STUNNING BOOK. 14 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A quiet, graceful and stunning book. Lara's analysis of her parents' relationship, long after her father has died, and just after her mother's death. I loved this story so much, and identified hugely with the need to know and understand, and the need to respect the privacy of other people's emotions. Exquisite domestic detail, almost overwhelming in its intensity. The tricks memory plays, and the pain of understanding. This book will change your life.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a cathartic journey 6 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lara, the protagonist of this book, decides to write her story and that of her parents. Her dad had a double life and through her words we learn what it means to be on the receiving hand of the lies and deception of one of your parents when you are a child and the consequences this still has on you as an adult, when you are trying to get on with your life and make sense of it all. The book is very well written and we can see how, by writing her story, Lara goes through a sort of cathartic journey.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts 14 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was our book club monthly, and I did enjoy its content quite a lot, it took a while to get into when she started into fiction, but mostly it was a good read. I would look for the author again.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and unique 14 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great read and not like any other book I have read. Interesting, compelling, imaginative. You really feels a though you get to know the characters. Is this based on real life or complete fiction?!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars tragic and smart 17 Feb 2014
The novel is set in two time layers. In our days, the protagonist of the novel Lara recalls the events of her childhood in the early 1970s. Lara is now trying to write a memoir about her family while attending creative writing courses.

Lara's mother Jane died of a heart disease, and Lara feels like an orphan. To write her family story Lara felt after watching documentary about Chernobyl. In this film, the book protagonist (and narratoe) first saw the effect of a death of a loved one on his survived family members.

Lara's and her brother Alfie’ father Robert died in a helicopter crash in 1985. And it was the father's death, and not the mother’s, that quite devastated little Lara.

Lara begins her memoirs since that year, 1985, when she and her mother and brother went on holiday to Spain, where they had had to wait for their father, a military surgeon, working in Northern Ireland, where at that time the attacks occurred frequently, and therefore the best doctors were invited to work there, where it was often necessary to save the lives of the victims of explosions and injuries from firearms.

This charming story about lies and human weakness begins surprisingly too slow. The author's voice - Lara – seeks too long to right approach to tell her story, and the impatient reader can shut the book, exhausted after the first 30 pages. And he will be wrong, if he does not continue reading.

Lara, of course, is disingenuous when she says that she is not a writer, that she does not know the craft, that her story is awkwardly built and it does not explain a lot. In fact, the narrator, and thus Lucy Caldwell herself, writes professionally, showing events of the novel from different angles and from different layers of time.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Both moving and interesting
An interesting book. As much about love, family, deception and happiness, as it is about the nature of narrative and redemptive power of fiction.
Published 14 months ago by Fitzer
3.0 out of 5 stars poor read
did not like this book as it was not the sort of book i usually read.
It might suit other readers therefore I would not give it a poor rating
Published 14 months ago by Graham Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good
Great story, especially if you know Belfast and Northern Ireland accent! A different approach to a biographical novel. Will read more by Lucy Caldwell.
Published 15 months ago by Alison B. Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars A story that doesn't deserve to be told
ALL THE BEGGARS is a semi-experimental, semi-novel which is probably too difficult to get your head around for it to have general appeal. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kartowidjojo
4.0 out of 5 stars EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I has previously listened to the story on BBC RADIO 4 - Book at Bedtime Programme. The book is a good read, but for some reason quite expensive for a paper back!!.
Published 16 months ago by Blondie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I chose 'All The Beggars Riding' as my holiday read and was not disappointed. It is an interesting story well written and with an original 'skew' on topics that are not... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
A bit bizarre at first and an interesting, unusual writing technique but gripping after the first couple of chapters. A bit rushed at the end.
Published 16 months ago by Bevereley Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and different read.
Lara is a character you feel for. I found it difficult to feel sympathy for either of her parents. This novel was extremely well written.
Published 16 months ago by Dr E A Brown
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category