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The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life [Paperback]

Rupert Isaacson
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19 Jun 2014

Heart-breaking, uplifting and full of adventure, The Long Ride Home is the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Horse Boy.

Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy. The three most debilitating effects of his autism - his incontinence, his endless tantruming, and his inability to make friends - were gone.

But a year almost to the day since Rowan's improvement he started regressing: the accidents and tantrums reappeared, terrifying his father Rupert. Something had to be done.

Father and son embarked on a new quest, journeying from the bushmen of Namibia to the coastal rainforests of Queensland, Australia and finally to the Navajo reservations of the American southwest, where Rowan was transformed - they had begun the Long Ride Home.

'It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears ... a triumph of the human spirit' Telegraph (on The Horse Boy)

'Magical, miraculous, uplifting' Daily Mail (on The Horse Boy)

'Amazing, astonishing' Sunday Times (on The Horse Boy)

Rupert Isaacson is British but lives with his family in Texas, USA. He is an ex-professional horse trainer and founder of The Horse Boy Foundation, which helps to make horses and nature available to other children, autistic or not, all over the world, including the UK. The Horse Boy was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670922285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922284
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears ... a triumph of the human spirit (Telegraph (on 'The Horse Boy'))

Magical, miraculous, uplifting (Daily Mail (on 'The Horse Boy'))

Amazing, astonishing (Sunday Times (on 'The Horse Boy'))

About the Author

Rupert Isaacson was born in London in 1967 to Southern African parents. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. His books include The Healing Land, which chronicles his time spent living with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and his adventure helping them to win back their lost hunting grounds; The Wild Host, the History and Meaning of the Hunt; and The Horse Boy, which tells the story of his quest on horseback across Mongolia to find healing for his autistic son Rowan. The Horse Boy was translated into 30 languages.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism made friendly 20 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This continuation of the story of Rowan shows the relentlessness of dealing with autism in a very readable format showing the super highs of achievement but not belittling the problems.
The book leaves you feeling Rowan has progressed so much in a way other children with autism/asphergers could be helped.
I also want to know what happens next......

Well done Rupert
Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, uplifting, and wonderful 16 July 2014
By F. M. M. Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This wonderful, uplifting sequel to The Horse Boy carries on the journey the author makes with his autistic son, Rowan, to find healing and acceptance.

Having been instructed by the healer they visted in Mongolila to make three more journeys to seek healing from other shamas (spiritual healers), the family undertake three more journeys: to Africa, to Australia, and finally nearer home, to one living in the USA. For me, these books opens a window not only on autism, but on the very real powers of healers from ancient tribes who hand on their knowledge and skills down the generations. These people live in tribal groups, support each other, and seem to accept unquestioningly those who are different or "abnormal", and the healing described iis truly incredible.

But is is not only Rown who is healed. His parents too benefit, learning to accept him for what he is, not wanting to change him, but to help him find his own kind of happiness and fulfillment . Progress is slow, there are heartbreaking setbacks and frustrations, but in the end, Rowan and his family triumph.

The author has now set up his own centre for the healing of autistic children (the sales of his books help to fund this), using horses and other animals, and as natural an environment as possible to enable the children to grow and flourish. At the end of the book, he questions modern insular living, and the lack of spiritual awareness in today's society. It is a book to enlighten, inspire, and perhaps most of all, to make the readers (or this reader) question the establishment we in the West have come to accept.

Read it! You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The magic and adventure that is autism. 25 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
An amazing and inspiring story of one family's journey with autism. Rupert shows how, once the more debilitating effects of the condition have been healed, autism is truly a gift for Rowan and his mother and father. Refreshingly honest about how hard it is being an autism parent, magically revealing about how truly remarkable it can also be. This man, Rupert Isaacson, is almost single handedly changing the way we view autism: it is not the end of happiness and adventure, rather it is the beginning of becoming the amazing parent we may not otherwise have been. And most importantly, it is about unlocking Rowans beautiful mind, in order that he can share his wonderful unique abilities with us all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Ride Home By Rupert Isaacson 23 Jun 2014
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THE LONG RIDE HOME
BY
RUPERT ISAACSON

The Long Ride Home is an emotionally charged book which tells the story of an incredible journey taken by parents; Rupert and Kristin and their wonderful young son; Rowan.

Rowan has made significant progress since his earlier horseback adventure in Mongolia in 2007, as ‘The Horse Boy’; when he met Ghoste. Now a new adventure begins as he is joined by his parents and his grandmother to embark on yet another journey of healing.

Rowan’s father; Rupert has lifelong links to Africa and with many of the Shamans who share the gift of healing. He first encountered the mystery of ‘Shamanic Healing’ when he was just seven years old.

Rupert is learning to accept his son’s autism and to no longer seek a cure but rather to search for the hidden portals that might enable his son to overcome the many milestones ahead. He describes his son’s autism as:

“So strange, this mix of language and memory, of sharp intellect and clouded perception, that makes up his autism”.

Like all parents, Kristin and Rupert long to be able to engage with their son in conversation. They are desperately seeking a way for him to be able to avoid the terrible tantrums that torment him. They long for Rowan’s incontinence to be a difficult memory rather than a constant case of tremendous stress.

They are hopeful that if they follow Ghoste’s guidance; given to them in Mongolia; and take three more healing journeys, then these three major milestones may be overcome. Their love for their cherished son is undeniable:

“Rowan’s laughter like silver bells, nourishing me his father, as only the laughter of one’s own beloved child can do”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring ...and funny! 23 Jun 2014
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This is not just a 'what-happened-next' follow-on to The Horse Boy but a great and insightful book in its own right. The three separate trips to shamans advised by Ghoste at the end of The Horse Boy are fascinatingly different. The book provides searingly honest insight into the hearts and minds of Rowan's family at the time of the trips as well as vivid and reflective description of three very different cultures - beautifully written and a great read.
But what is perhaps most impressive is Rowan's family's generous desire to share their insights into what helps Rowan with other families - and the story of their determined efforts to do just that is a thread throughout the book. Mistakes and failures are described with the same searing honesty - as well as the splendid successes. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written. The discriptions of the all the places ...
Extraordinary is the right word. Beautifully written. The discriptions of the all the places their journey for Rowan, took them as well as the people they met there are worth... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Valerie Bijl
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A 'can't put it down' sort of story. Fantastic read.
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Anyone with autistic children will be amazed by the helpful suggestions. Perhaps our Education system should take note. A very informative book, well written.
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Excellent book! It is wonderful story of travel and renewal. But, it explores the depths of what parents and families have to do when living with a child with disabilities, in this... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sarah Loten
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An open and thought- provoking story that shares not only the author's experiences but challenges the reader to examine her/his own perceptions and values.
Published 12 days ago by JRS
5.0 out of 5 stars It gives wonderful advice on helping autistic youngsters and their...
Fully deserves five stars. Continues the story, but gives a resume of Horse Boy in the first chapter, so reading Horse Boy is not essential. Read more
Published 14 days ago by R. Nelson
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True heart warming and beautiful story I must book to read
Published 15 days ago by Katrina Wilson
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a very well written book. Makes one feel so humble. Can learn a great deal of what can be done with patience making learning fun but not by conventional methods but ones which... Read more
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