All the Pretty Horses

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 2, 2012 - Fiction - 416 pages

All the Pretty Horses, the first novel of the Border Trilogy, published in 1992, was an international bestseller, winning both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

It tells the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself the last bewildered survivor of generations of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he ever imagined. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

In 2012 Picador celebrated its 40th anniversary. During that time we have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst. Years later, Picador continue to bring readers the very best contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across the globe.

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This was quite a ride. Although it started quite slow, the book picked up in all aspects and intensity as it moved along and there were some great passages and moments to boot. I found it to be ... Read full review

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Outstanding coming of age Western. McCarthy has incredible skill at moving characters through a scene without bogging the scene down. He saws in a few sentences what most would take paragraphs to do ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Cormac McCarthy is the author of ten other novels, and among his honours are the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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