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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for adult riders, 6 Feb 2005
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Mrs B A Young (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
Anyone who started riding as an adult, will find that they empathise strongly with Jane Shilling about her first riding lessons, early jumping experiences and the nervousness she felt when initially confronted with the mare that she had bought. Little details, for example the admission that it took her 45 minutes to tack up at first, will surely ring very true to riders from their early days with horses.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking Read, 28 April 2004
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I loved this book.Brilliant read. You don't have to be a suporter of foxhunting to enjoy this but I think it helps if you know a little about thehorse world.Anyone who can ride even part way competently has a Mrs. orMr. Rogers in their backgrounds somewhere. Often very funny but also aboutrediscovering your roots.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 10 Feb 2011
I sarted reading about Jane's excursions into the world of riding when she included some of them in her Times columns. On the strength of "If Jane could do it..." I took up riding lessons as well. (I am three years older than Jane). Reading her book now it is like reliving my own experience - the sharp, uncompromising instructor who never praises - the difficulty, nay impossibility of getting on the horse without help, the feeling of being a mere irritant on the top of the long-suffering animal. Jane sounds just as feeble as me, but the strange thing is she didn't give up. I gave up after spraining my ankle in the stirrup going round a circle in canter, and realising that I was totally not in control of the horse and never likely to be. Jane has described it all so beautifully. I also love her descriptions of a fifties childhood on the borders between suburbia and the countryside of the Home Counties. It brings it all back to me. Jane is a one-off writer and a very unusual thinker and observer, and I hope she produces more books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered novel about far more than hunting, 4 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Fox in the Cupboard: A Memoir (Paperback)
This is a memoir of a journalist's life and how she came to terms with a void in her life which she chose to fill by learning to ride, then acquiring a horse, then learning to hunt. Jane is self deprecating and humorous in her approach, but her bravery and determination are awe-inspiring. Interspersed in the novel is a great deal of history of hunting and the traditions and rituals which accompany it. There is much to identify with, even if you are not the hunting type as Jane faces her demons and chooses to overcome her fear and take the plunge into a whole new world. She ultimately finds contentment and happiness doing one of the most dangerous sports possible. Anyone thinking about taking up hunting should read it. But anyone who can identify with a need to change ones life by taking up something completely new and different would also love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riding for those who don't, 13 Jun 2013
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Jane Shilling brings the English countryside to life in this unusual account of her learning to ride and hunt. Her descriptions of the Kent countryside and her feelings for her son are unsurpassed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fox in the Cupboard, 11 April 2010
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Susan (Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
Jane Shilling's book is part personal memoir, part account of how the author came to grips with fox-hunting, and part elegy to England's beautiful and vanishing countryside, written in elegant and lucid prose. It is also funny, touching and heart-warming.
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