By: Belben, Rosalind
304pp plus maps at end, just under 500g, book in great shape. Here's the synopsis > Philomena, fat and lazy when she is requisitioned from an English field at the start of the First World War, sails for Egypt with the territorial regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry. She serves faithfully, charging the dervishes in the Western Desert and enduring the privations of Allenby's great campaign in Palestine. She recovers from wounds to swelter through a summer in the Jordan Valley. She takes part in the triumphant advance on Damascus - only to be sold off in Cairo among the 22,000 horses left behind by the War Office after the Armistice. By 1921, the forceful Griselda Romney, a war widow, has discovered that her old hunter, Philomena, could be still alive. With her six-year-old daughter, and of course Nanny, Mrs Romney sets out to Egypt, to find Philomena and to rescue her.... Our Horses in Egypt depicts the work of a troop-horse in the Army - and of exotic Cairo, in political unrest - as meticulously and exuberantly as Hound Music recreated the milieu of Edwardian fox-hunting. review >>> "A remarkable work of literature... If literary prizes were awarded (as they still, occasionally, are), on pure excellence of writing, Our Horses in Egypt would be sure to make Rosalind Belben a late-blooming household name" (Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph ) and review >> Her writing is brave and funny and bleak, cold-eyed and deeply feeling. The voices she gives to the sad, the dispossessed, the resigned (animal and human) characters are unforgettable. If only the Booker jury would stop drooling over the usual suspects and give credit where it is genuinely deserved.