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The Ostrich Race

The Ostrich Race [Kindle Edition]

Simon Birks
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Gordon Paige, retired author, now lives alone, seven years after the death of his beloved wife, Brenda. She was his life, and now all he has to fill the long days are the trials of his children and ‘The Ostrich Race’, a competition that’s been running in Brenda’s family for well over a hundred years.

But this year the Race is going to be different in more ways than one. This year, along with the regular players, there’s another, anonymous participant, who seems to know an awful lot about the workings of the Race.

Intrigued by this new entrant, Gordon sets out to track down their identity. Little does he realise, however, that during the next twelve months, his life is going to be turned upside down, as he uncovers secret after secret about the past, and the family, he thought he knew so well…

The Ostrich Race is a story about love and family; about the things that break us apart, and the things that bring us back together.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957342632
  • Publisher: Thoroughly Professional Publishing; 1 edition (9 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JEOK5A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon started writing at the tender age of eleven. Creative writing, that is. I'm sure he could write words and things earlier than that. Anyway, he first got interested in writing at eleven, when, similar to the Monopoly Board card, he won (joint) first prize in a poetry competition.

As with all of Simon's rare victories in life, it was completely unexpected, but inspired him to want to write more. After getting through his angst-ridden teenage poetry days, he went on to write short stories, plays, manuscripts and finally novels.

His play 'Station'ry' was performed at the Brighton Festival Fringe in 2011, excerpts of which can be seen at his website, It's Simon in the clips, too. He gets everywhere.

'The Ostrich Race' is Simon's first novel, a family drama about a father who's still trying to move on from the death of his wife, seven years previously, whilst at the same time doing his best to keep his family on track.

Simon is engaged to be married to Marielle in November 2012, and has three children, Arran, Fraser and Tabitha. He lives in Ferring, West Sussex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I would wholeheartedly recommend this book 24 Aug 2014
By Morgana
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I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, it was full of interesting people who hold your attention. The story twists and turns with so many different threads and gives the reader a feel good experience.

I have put the Ostrich Race into the Archives as I look forward to reading it again, a definite keeper with a good ending. Well done Simon Birks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Ostrich Race 26 Sep 2012
By Rick
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Really enjoyed this novel which explores the complex ups and downs of a family's lives and recommend to anyone. You really get to know the characters in depth and feel connected to them through well written,emotive descriptions of their experiences and feelings and the events are all connected through the historical and present goings on of 'The Race'. A most satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ostrich Race 18 Aug 2012
By Jacklin
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A truly fantastic book- at times light hearted, at others emotional, The Ostrich Race brilliantly portrays the complexities and intricacies of family relationships. The plot is engaging and intriguing, and guarantees to have you mulling it over even when you're not reading it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read 1 Aug 2012
By Justine
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Fantastic book, full of interesting and realistic characters and a great story, a real page turn with lots of detailed descriptions to enable you to picture the people and situations perfectly. A great book for a bargain price. Throughly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justine 1 Aug 2012
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Fantastic book, full of interesting and realistic characters and a great story, a real page turn with lots of detailed descriptions to enable you to picture the people and situations perfectly. A great book for a bargain price. Throughly recommend
2.0 out of 5 stars Juliet Jesson 3 Aug 2014
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The grammar in this book is terrible, with possessive 's' applied where it shouldn't be applied and not used where it should be used. The style is somewhat sedentary, perhaps babyish is a better description and the characters are not rounded out. It is as if this is a first swipe at a first novel that hasn't been edited. A shame as the title is intriguing and the idea behind the title is promising.
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