Review published on May 6, 2017.
Set in both Ireland and South Africa, this novel tells of a father and son who fall out, then when the son runs away, his father follows him to the battle fields of South Africa during the Boer war. I thought the first few pages were very confusing as the author introduces too many people in too short a space of time. As I read on, it became clear who he was talking about, but it did take me a while to sort them all out. The main characters were believable; Joseph Radcliffe, the father, and his son Edward come across as a family with secrets and Benjamin Pierce is a family friend who knows more than he lets on. Edward is a teenager and as such pushes boundaries and, as his father isn’t being honest with him, he runs away after his friend who is in the army serving in South Africa. Joseph and Benjamin follow and the rest of the tale is about their struggle to find him as he moves around between the commandos and the army. Although this was an easy book to read, I did find it quite predictable and have wondered about the title as most people were riding horses at the time this book was set. Overall, I thought it quite a bland book to read.
Sue Dawson 2/2
The Last Horseman by David Gilman
Head of Zeus 9781784974565 pbk Feb 2017