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The Brave by Nicholas Evans

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 25 November 2010.

October 2010 Book of the Month.

This will sweep you up in its grasp in the same way The Horse Whisperer did from its intriguing start and through the past and present stories as the life of Tom Bedford intriguingly unfolds. A gripping read and no doubt perfect for a Hollywood film script but it’s always good to have read the book beforehand so be one of the first!

October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

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His first novel, The Horse Whisperer, sold 15 million copies, now Nicholas Evans returns with The Brave, the tale of a boy obsessed with cowboys and Indians, who is thrilled when his sister falls in love with a real-life cowboy. But events soon take a sinister turn.

If you like Nicholas Evans you might also like to read books by Douglas Kennedy, Leif Enger and Thomas Eidson.


The Brave by Nicholas Evans

The motto of the boarding school to which Tommy Bedford is dispatched is Fortune Favours the Brave. It's 1959 and the school bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. Tommy, a quirky loner, obsessed with cowboys and Indians, needs all the bravery he can summon. Salvation comes when his glamorous actress sister is swept off to Hollywood by one of his heroes, TV cowboy Ray Montane. But with the Cold War looming, the sinister side of Tinseltown seeps through and Tommy and Diane soon find themselves in jeopardy. Forty years on, Tommy has to confront his boyhood ghosts when his own son finds himself charged with murder.


A harrowing emotional thriller, tense and pacy but also deeply moving * The Times * Another triumph from the author of The Horse Whisperer * Sun * A novel that packs a real emotional punch * She * 'Through his storytelling skills, sound plot construction and ease with descriptive landscapes, Evans keeps a firm grip on interest until the end. Fans will not be disappointed * Irish Independent *

About the Author

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans was born and grew up in Worcestershire and was a screenwriter and film producer before writing his first novel, the phenomenal number one bestseller The Horse Whisperer. It has now been translated into 36 languages and sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide since its publication in 1995. It is now also a Hollywood film, starring and directed by Robert Redford. He is also the author of The Loop and The Smoke Jumper. Nicholas Evans lives in Devon and London

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23rd June 2011


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Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


496 pages


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