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The Sport of Kings: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 (Hardback)
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The Sport of Kings: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 (Hardback)

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An American myth and a contemporary portrait of the scars of the past that run through a family, and of our desperate need to escape our history, to subsume it with pleasure - or to rise above it with glory. 'You and I are family. Blood and treasure. Listen to me, I created this world with my own two hands, and I am going to leave it all to you.' Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky's oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges' history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth. A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself - a moral epic for our time.

"…An audacious fiction that breathes new life into the American canon." -  The Daily Telegraph
 
"C.E Morgan has dared to write the kind of book presumed long extinct: a high literary epic of America." - The Sunday Telegraph

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007313266
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 48 mm


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`CE Morgan has delivered a masterpiece. Rich, deep, and ambitious, this book is, by any standard, a Great American Novel' Philipp Meyer, author of The Son and American Rust

`In this century, the finest "major" novels have more often than not been written by women. Zadie Smith, Donna Tartt, Eleanor Catton, Meg Wolitzer and Elena Ferrante are among those hitting the long balls in contemporary fiction, and with The Sport of Kings, a world-encompassing colossus second novel, C. E. Morgan has joined their ranks ... Morgan is a virtuoso stylist ...There will not be a novel with a larger and more dazzlingly deployed vocabulary published this year ... Constantly invigorating, surprising and transfixing' TLS

`A high literary epic of America. Long and dense, violent and strident ... portentous ... majestic' Sunday Telegraph

`That Morgan's second novel is an achievement is beyond doubt ... Morgan barely draws breath as she chronicles the fortunes of Henry Forge' Observer

`Fich and compulsive ... This epic feat of storytelling confirms Morgan as the new torchbearer of the Southern Gothic tradition ... She is such an immersive storyteller, with such a vivid sense of place, such a true ear for dialogue, and so subtle a gift of characterisation ... Her prose is often ravishingly beautiful, displaying an unerring instinct for metaphor and music ... By the time I was 100 pages in, my English cynicism at the spectacle of another author setting out to write the Great American Novel had dissolved into wonder and delight: C.E. Morgan has come close to realising that very thing' Financial Times

`Morgan's novel is big news ... think of Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life' The Sunday Times

`There were moments while reading this sprawling, ambitious novel when I thought I was reading a masterpiece ... At times my compulsion to read on was like a physical force' Spectator

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“So much to say about breeding, just not necessarily the horse kind”

When this book arrived in the post from Real Readers and I saw the horses and jockeys on the cover, I wondered how they had found out that I was interested in horse racing, but as previous reviewers have stated this... More

Hardback edition
25th March 2016
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“The Sport of Kings”

This is not a happy book. It deals with important issues like racial struggle, family legacy, ambition and greed, abuse and rape with the theme of horse racing used in the background to illustrate the characters’... More

Hardback edition
18th April 2016
Helpful? Upvote 47

“A book about racing which is really about race”

this is the story of four generations of the Forge family and their relationship with the land and people of Kentucky where they have farmed since the land was first settled by white people. Henry Forge, growing up in... More

Hardback edition
26th March 2016
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