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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle amble through Green Roads
Connemara Mollie is a gentle amble through Hilary Bradt's early years and on into the rain-lashed lushness of the emerald isle. I loved the image Bradt created for me with "green roads" and "rocky, gale-swept Connemara [where] a few hunch-backed trees leant away from the prevailing wind." It is a poignant portrait of the close relationship of trust and affection that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars should have a health warning
This is the story of a woman who bought a horse as a means of transport and left it untethered, unfenced and without companions human or horsey on the brink of a cliff. And this despite warnings not to travel through the bogs from local folk. What did she expect to be the outcome? And why does she think I might be interested in whether she got her saddle back after the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle amble through Green Roads, 30 Jun 2013
Connemara Mollie is a gentle amble through Hilary Bradt's early years and on into the rain-lashed lushness of the emerald isle. I loved the image Bradt created for me with "green roads" and "rocky, gale-swept Connemara [where] a few hunch-backed trees leant away from the prevailing wind." It is a poignant portrait of the close relationship of trust and affection that develops between horse and rider, and which (like all close relationships) can career between love and occasionally almost hate, as frustrations, discomforts, fears and hunger are shared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and absorbing tale with a sad ending, 4 Jan 2013
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K. Newland "Ken" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I gave Connemara Mollie 5 stars as I love to read a book that is impossible not to put down until its finished ! I have only had one frightening experience on a horse, it took off at great speed trying to be the leader of the group. Therefore the amazing bond Hilary had with this horse and her delightful descriptions of life, sight, and sound of this delightfully glorious part of Ireland brought joy to my heart. I am determined to experience it first hand. A must read, horse lover or not, and you will be by the end, I cannot wait for the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connemara Mollie, 10 Nov 2012
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Martin Jordan (Shropshire England) - See all my reviews
Connemara Mollie is a truly lovely story - makes me even more determined to visit Ireland where my father came from one of these days. Anyone who doesn't know the story couldn't fail to be shocked by the last chapter, and moved by the way Hilary has written about it. Such a sad ending but countered by the next book which is, I guess, a continuation of the same story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book by a wonderful writer, 10 Sep 2012
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Hilary Bradt is a living legend in the travel writing world, having written lots of books and published many, many more. Here she takes a more personal step back into her own past and recounts the extraordinary journey she took with Mollie (the Connemara pony of the title) through Western Ireland in 1984. A warm, at times funny, always enlightening and incredibly fascinating portrait of a time and an era which have largely disappeared, and a frank and honest account of what was ultimately, a terrible tragedy (the ending is absolutely heartbreaking). And I say this as a reader who would pay good money to have nothing whatsoever to do with horses himself...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving portrait of Ireland, 2 Sep 2012
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This is everything that a travel book should be; warm, revealing and filled with character. Hilary Bradt has a real empathy with the people she encounters on her wonderfully shambolic journey through rural Ireland. She also paints a pin sharp portrait of the foibles, fears and eccentricities of her pony Mollie. All in all a most satisfying book and I look forward to the sequel in which the journey is resumed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative tale of an equine friend loved and lost, 12 Aug 2012
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G. Thornton "GillianT" (England) - See all my reviews
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Whether you have ever shared a long-distance journey with a horse - or merely dreamed of doing so - you can't help but enjoy this tale of Hilary's ride through western Ireland with Mollie, her new equine friend, bought especially for the journey. It's an evocative story of people, places but, above all, the special bond that develops between horse and rider, and its this bond that makes the ending particularly poignant. The colour pictures add an extra dimension to the colourful narrative and Hilary doesn't try to sugar-coat the final chapter. A lovely read for anyone who loves horses, Ireland or just a good travel tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warmly companiable book, 20 July 2012
This is the perfect getaway book. It will enhance an unexpected day off or it will improve a boring journey. I think horses are all born with a miserable expression, but Mollie improves with every mile of Hilary Bradt's company. Here is a book which grows on you, page by joyous page, by way of its unlikely start and even more unlikely end, paving the way for more to come, I hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing and a story that will stay in your heart forever, 15 July 2012
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Victoria Eveleigh "Tortie" (Exmoor, England) - See all my reviews
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Hilary Bradt is a friend, but that isn't why I'm giving Connemara Mollie five stars. I'm writing this review because I really love the book and I want to share it with others. This is a well-written account of a journey through Ireland, full of witty observations, a vivid sense of place and wonderful descriptions of people encountered along the way, but it's also much more than that. Essentially, it's a love story. Hilary and Mollie (the Connemara pony she bought for the journey) were strangers at the beginning of their adventure, but as they travelled together through Ireland an extraordinary bond grew between them. Their relationship and their journey are described with such honesty and warmth that I began to feel I was riding alongside, experiencing every joy and setback. The photos in the middle of the book helped to complete the picture, but after I'd read the final chapter I could barely look at the photos of Mollie for fear of bursting into tears...
It must have been so difficult for Hilary to summon the courage to share her experiences with Mollie, but the result is some truly brilliant writing and a real-life story that will stay in your heart forever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars should have a health warning, 23 Jan 2013
This is the story of a woman who bought a horse as a means of transport and left it untethered, unfenced and without companions human or horsey on the brink of a cliff. And this despite warnings not to travel through the bogs from local folk. What did she expect to be the outcome? And why does she think I might be interested in whether she got her saddle back after the death? I was distraught on finishing this, my husband also as he had bought it me as a present. A thousand little girls will dream bad dreams of losing their horse over a cliff as a result of this tale. Anyone with a horse to care for will see this as a betrayal, not a story with an unhappy ending. It is not a story to be made money out of. I think it was inappropriate to publish it, and even more inappropriate not to warn the purchaser on the fly leaf that a disaster (avoidable) occurs in the end. I will not be finding out whether Peggy (the replacement) meets a similarly careless end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars tragic but sadly avoidable death of a pony, 15 July 2013
This review is from: Connemara Mollie:An Irish Journey on Horseback (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature)) (Kindle Edition)
This is a book that should not have been written. To profit out of an animals death through neglect is terrible. I can't believe the authors audacity in wilful ignorance. It was a mess waiting to happen and it did. Shame on you I do hope not too many people buy this book. Maybe retitle it 'how to kill a pony in a few easy steps'. Tragic
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