Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Horses by Elaine Walker

ISBN 978 1 907090097
Cinnamon Press
This is a story that as its title suggests has a lot to do with horses. It is gently magical and seems extremely plausible. We cannot quite dismiss the magic that occurs as the imagination of the people involved, yet we don’t have to suspend our belief to watch it happen. Global and personal suffering is alleviated with the arrival of a mysterious herd of horses.
The voice is dreamy and lyrical. The plot is unpredictable and totally uncliched. We don’t know what is going to happen next. We would never have guessed. As a writer I usually can guess. This time I couldn’t. Yet there is always an acceptable cause and effect and the magic is never used as a deus ex machina.  
This is a gentle and absorbing novel. It is tending towards the literary yet also makes a good holiday read. You don’t have to like horses to enjoy this book though by the time you’ve read it you will probably have a lot more respect for these fantastic creatures.