The Book club – The horse boy – The one dollar horse – The horse road

Well hello there! Have you missed me? I bet you you have. Sorry i haven’t posted in a while I’ve been too busy camping and what not. I came back from My BP weekend yesterday, It’s basically a overnight trip to a unknown destination which to you have to do to complete your Baden Powell badge at guides. I got home at seven and slept right through to 9 this morning, it was really fun, a lot better than i imagined. We met in Taunton, got given some money and sent of not to see them again till 6 that evening. We had to navigate our way to Morrisons for lunch (surprisingly the hardest part of the journey!) then to the train station to catch the train to Exeter where we did a bit of shopping, and then to the bus station to go to Sidmouth where we got ice creams and sat on the beach and went swimming. We actually went swimming again at midnight beneath the stars. I didn’t get to sleep till 3 in the morning, and was up at seven the next morning in the pouring rain.  I’m home today and tomorrow and then i’m of camping again with the family in the caravan. I’ve got to sleep outside this year, i’m too tall for the bed. Still haven’t started my summer holiday homework. Sold my dolls house stuff though, i’m sorry Paige.

Anyway, back to what i’m meant to be talking about, I’ve got some new book spiels. I don’t know why, but all of my books I’ve read recently are about horses, but it’s broadened my horizons in the horse world. Righty’o. The first book, The Horse boy. I read this book way back… along time ago. I think it’s way up there with the best books I’ve ever read… then again… so are nearly all the books i have read. The basic story line is of a father’s story to cure his sons autism, I never cry over books, but this is the closed I’ve ever come to it along with another book i’ll tell you about later. It’s a best seller apparently, it was a “Captivating, incredible, an extraordinary journey, an impossible dream” according to the Daily Telegraph, “Amazing, astonishing” to the Sunday times, “A riveting, inspirational journey” to Woman and Home and “Magical, moving, miraculous, remarkable, uplifting” to the Daily mail. It’s by Rupert Isaacson, the story was told in his words as it is a true story – he was the father, He now runs a program for PDD kids to have therapy on horses – just like his son did. Part of the price my nan paid for the book went towards it. Here’s the blurb:

“One family’s epic journey to rescue their son…

Rupert and Kirsten Isaacson were heart broken when they learned that their three-year-old son rowan was autistic. And with each passing day rowans growing isolation, his uncontrollable fits and each failed treatment filled them with despair. Then one day rowan Rowan escaped and ran into a field of horses. Rupert watched in horror – but saw a miracle occur. The horses responded lovingly to rowan – and he to them. Could his affinity with these animals save Rowan from his condition?

The Isaacsons left their home and traveled to the plains and mountains of Mongolia, the spiritual home of the horse, risking everything – their happiness, future and sanity – on an arduous epic horse back journey in search of a cure for rowan.”

After reading this book, i really want to go to Mongolia, the way he described it made me fall in love with it’s shamans, sweeping mountains coated in luscious greens of grass and yurts, smooth, slick lakes laying softly in the giant undulations of the plains, It’s horses, strong and sturdy, breed for the landscape, rumour has it it’s because of the soil, they compete in competitions in UB because their figure is so good. Words cannot express my urge to make you want to read this, don’t think it’s entirely based on horses because it’s not. It’s an adventure. My Nan got me it for Christmas a few years ago for £8.99, I’m sure you’d be able to find it cheaper somewhere if you didn’t want to pay that much. But please read it, i cannot beg you enough.

The next book is the One dollar horse by Lauren St John. I was given this book by my sister after she read it, and wow was i glad i did! The basic story line is of a girl who lives in grotty London, with her previously convicted father who’s trying to make ago of living a life without crime, she helps at her local riding stables as she cannot afford lessons – a world away from what she’s used to. When walking with her father she comes across a bloody horse charging away from the knackers yard, The horse is “one of the clever ones” who’s realized whats coming. At that very moment she realizes that now is her chance to pursue her dream to become a professional eventer and win badminton horse trials, she buys the horse with all her father had on her – a one dollar note found on the street a few minutes ago. With the help of her elderly friend Mrs smith whom she met whilst working at the tea gardens, a mysterious sponsor, A boy with melty, dark eyes called peter with whom she refuses to fall in love and the support from her father she tried to overcome all the obstacles, stabs in the back, Money problems and disgrace from her background and fathers past. “Captures all the excitement of top-level riding – I loved it” says Mary king – International eventer, MBE, winner of two silver and one bronze medals at the olympics, and cousin of my riding teacher. It’s funny actually, some of the story takes place at Aldon hose trials which i go to every year, based just down the road from me. Overall i loved this book and place it proudly in my window shelf of books. It cost only £6.99 and is followed by race the wind which i am yet to read. Like the other book, It’s not just about horses… or y’all could just read it and find out your’elves.

I’ve got another book which i have read since and will share with you soon, but now i have to go and post 30 different things to the right address’… wish me luck… bye for now!

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THE BOOK CLUB – THE VET – MY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL FRIENDS BY LUKE GAMBLE

The vet by Luke gamble.

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Hello there! This is my first ever book spiel on here so bare with me, this book spiel is on the book “The vet” by Luke gamble. I read this book around Christmas of 2012, and i don`t think id ever read a book as good as that before then. I was brought the book by my Nan for Christmas and i was glued. The basic plot is of a man named Luke gamble who was a newbie in the veterinary world, he had just left Bristol university and had just got a job in a veterinary practice in the new forest. The book takes you though Luke`s experiences in the animal world in his own words, births, deaths and the ups and downs of his social life. It`s a really gripping book and can get quite emotional at times – for example when he is sent to a farm in Dorset with a psychotic woman named sandy who was not only highly unsociable, but insists on following every rule to the l e t t e r. Here he faces one of the most difficult times of his life, killing innocent animals infected with the deadly foot in mouth disease. “Our first call of the day got us off to a great start. We weren`t supposed to drive directly onto a farm; instead, we were meant to park outside each farm, don our protective bodysuits, and then approach by foot. Our first job was to inspect a small holder with twenty sheep, a few pigs and a couple of goats. having phoned the owner, i was told that we could park at the end of the lane where there would be a bucked of water outside the gate. I relayed the information to sandy, who received it with an almost imperceptible nod of her head.

After one of the longest thirity minutes of my life, we pulled up outside a gate where a small black bucket of water had been placed, and cimbed out of the truck.

“Isn`t it a bit ridiculous for me to disinfect all this stuff when i`ve just taken it out the packet?” at first sandy did not reply; she was far too busy pouring disinfectant into the bucket. “No,” she said “it is the proper procedure. Disinfect your water proofs and then put on a disposable bodysuit” she paused “What risk is this farm?”

“This farm has been identified as medium ,” i said, scanning the paperwork.

“You need to wear your hood”

“Sandy” i said, “cut me some slack! i`ll pop it up once we`ve got near the farm – we can`t even see the buildings!”  Sandy said nothing . Instead, she pulled her phone out of a small plastic bag tucked inside her jacket. I watched as sandy held it up to her ear. “This is Sandy Elswit” she said. “I`m on a medium risk inspection and i`m having trouble with the assigned vet. Can i speak to the head of veterinary ops?” Sandy turned and glared at me as she spoke. Challenge blazed from her eyes. I mutely shook my head and raised the hood over my head. “it`s okay” she said. “I have the situation under control now. Thank you.” With a flick of the wrist, she hung up. ……. wining Sandy over was going to be akin to reaching the summit of K2. Considering that one in four people who attempt that challenge , dies in the process, i wasn`t sure that making friends with sandy was worth the risk”

The book is a real gripper, you never know what him and his friend rob will get up to on their so called “holidays” to Ibiza (he calls it a holiday but it`s more of doing horrible jobs in a hot place). Like all books it ends with the happiest of endings, but ya`ll just have to find this out yer`selves. Out of ten i would give this a 8.75. If your intrigued and want to read it you can`all purchase it for £7.99 from Waterstones (http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/luke+gamble/the+vet/8530234/), there is also two other books by Luke gamble called “To be a pilgrim” and “The big wide world” which i am yet to read. The title makes it sound at tad like a Children`s book, as you could say the grammar is. However the story line is perfect for all ages! The blurb: Luke gamble always wanted to be a vet – but now he`s about to find out what it means. joining a mixed practice in the west country. Luke Gamble is quickly thrust into the real world of veterinary medicines, truculent farmers, endless out hours of work, nasty biting squirrels, frogs` eye balls and the horror of the foot and mouth outbreak. A  heart warming story of his tumultuous first year.” Other reviews from the likes of Clarissa Dickson Wright say its a “gamut of emotions;laughter, serious weeping, but always enjoyable.”

I guess all i can say now is “get your nose down”.

bye for now.