The Ten O’clock Horses by Laurie Graham

About the book

It is 1962. The first avocado pears are appearing at the greengrocers, people are thinking about carpeting their lavatories and boxing in their banisters, and Ronnie Glover, housepainter, husband and father, is feeling the first vague stirrings of discontent with his life. Then, out of the blue, the fabulous, sophisticated (and married) Jacqueline bursts into his life and teaches him to tango. She seems to offer everything he ever dreamt of. But is it all too good to be true? What can a woman who has traveled the world want with a man who carries a stub of pencil behind his ear? And are the Ten O’Clock horses of Ronnie’s painful childhood awake and sniffing the wind?

Reviewed by Woodlands Reading Group:

We had mixed opinions on style but found it an excellent portrayal of the era, invoking memories of the 60s. Enjoyed the humour and complex family relationships.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “The Ten O’clock Horses by Laurie Graham”

  1. Review by Blackwater Valley U3A:
    A good read and very enjoyable dialogue. Our discussion of the book led on to discussion of the social changes in the post-war years.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Stubbington Bookends
    The group felt it gave a good favour of life in the late 50s early 60s with believable characters who matured and developed well.
    Star rating: ** to ***

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