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Janni Howker is to be applauded for her piercing insight and sympathetic writing which has produced this masterpiece. This award-winning short novel examines the life of the second son of a horse-dealer at the turn of the century. The harshness, cruelty, bitterness and pain of a difficult father/son relationship when 'children weren't invented' is related movingly and convincingly by the now 80-year-old Isaac Campion. It is a tale full of regret for what might have been, but could not be so, told so convincingly that one cannot fail to be moved by it. '... If you were rich you had choices. Perhaps if you were born rich you didn't have to follow in your father's footsteps to the end of your life.