Set on a farm in rural Devon, Farm Boy is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories, touchingly told to his grandson.
Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, published 12 years ago, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in World War I. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward 50 years, with Grandpa not only telling his grandson Joey's story but also a 'shameful secret' which he has held for years -- Grandpa has never learned to read and write.
The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in Michael Morpurgo's writing.
©2010 Michael Morpurgo (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"Good, but not as good as War Horse"
It was enjoyable but as a sequel to War Horse, not as exciting and interesting so we were a little bit disappointed.
Great voice, excellent performance.
No - but listen to War Horse!
A brilliant follow up to War Horse and brings it to a close in a warm and suitable way ending
"Not as good as War Horse, but a nice follow up."
It's a short story following on from war horse. The story is nice, though not nearly as good as war horse.
Lovely story and a great read, my daughter has also read it and thoroughly enjoyed it too.
"Not on a par with War Horse.. More for children"
A little disappointed as I downloaded this immediately after listening to war horse, but this story is not as engaging and I believe aimed more for Mr Morpurgo's younger audience.
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