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The Third Horseman [Kindle Edition]

Gerard O'Keeffe
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on a true story: A haunting tale of hope born out of despair...

At the height of the Irish Famine in the 1840s, a landowner, George Henry Moore, watches helplessly as the cruel policies and wilful ignorance of English overlords result in the deaths of masses and despair for millions.

As starvation and disease sweep Ireland, a desperate George Henry sells his family possessions to buy food for his tenants until little remains at his disposal, and even the unprepossessing racehorse Coranna is on the point of being sold. There has been no salvation.

But help comes from an unexpected quarter: the peasants Frank Butler and his sister Caitlin, who bring a new hope of life to the stricken Mayo community...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Gerard O'Keeffe (4 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080P9EKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #606,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gerard O'Keeffe was born and brought up in the Midlands and studied Irish and American literature in London before qualifying as a teacher. He switched careers to business and marketing across the charity sector, where he worked with leading social enterprises, cultural and educational providers. He continues to work in consultancy, education and on creative projects with new talent.

Coming from a family with Irish roots, he has written and painted since his teenage years, as have his siblings. In his writing he often changes genre but is particularly interested in themes of trauma, silence and salvation. Much of his fiction has its basis in fact and he uses research and real events as the springboard for much of his work. He lives with his family in Cambridge where he enjoys collecting contemporary art, working with other writers and attending arts events.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Wonderful story about the adventures of a group of brave men and women and Coranna, a courageous and relentess horse. This book is a beautifully written gem, with a fabulous plot, great characters and superb scenery. Definitely worth a read. I am tempted to read it again as the writing style is so lovely and the plot so brilliantly thought out. It would make a fab film too!
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This is a stunningly good book. Its merits, to my mind, are sharp characterisation, exceptional development of plot - and an historical antennae which is uncannily sharp. Too many books of an historical genre submerge into stereotypes but this is a glowing exception: instead of regency rakes and full-breasted colleens, each of the characters has three full dimensions - physical, dramatic and reflective. I'm neither inclined towards horses nor countryside, in both of which this book abounds, but such is the unobtrusive skill of the author (and such is the quality of his research) that I was completely absorbed. While the book climaxes in the heartbreak of the Famine (and there's drama enough), strangely enough it is the painting of Melton Mowbray by Lord Waterford which, to my eyes, depicted callousness most memorably. I urge everyone to buy this books and to sit over their friends, if necessary, until they have read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit Eat This 25 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A highly perceptive and extremely readable attempt to get beneath the surface of such an emotive subject. Horses and history were my favourite subjects for stories when I grew up and this book kind of captures some of that but made me think and question my understanding of the particular situation that the book deals with - a resonant privilege to read - if you liked War Horse (if you did you'll know what I mean) - you will truly love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, engaging and filmic 8 Aug. 2012
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Having read The Statue and the Stones I thought I'd buy this earlier novel by Gerry O'Keeffe, a fairly new and talented Irish writer. It's quite different from his later novel but equally engrossing. I'd recommend The Third Horseman to anyone who enjoys a creative blend of history, drama and a great yarn that you can curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. It'd make a brilliant film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning read! 1 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Wonderfully descriptive, gritty and moving with great character development. I couldn't put it down - it totally gripped me and also left me wanting to know more about this period in history. I would definitely recommend it unreservedly.
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