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The stunning second novel from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West.

Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry.

When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.

Reviews

Boyne's story has echoes of John Irving's sprawling family epics. This is an entertaining campfire story

Time

A total blast... clever, provocative stuff. A formidable achievement

Independent

A rollicking ride...Compelling

The Scotsman

The charm of history in this book lies in imagining how exciting it would have been to live there

Observer

Boyne is an engaging writer who succeeds in making his readers care about the confused and rather selfish William

Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552776141

    June 1, 2011

    Black Swan

    464 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781409030966

    June 1, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    464 pages

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Also by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
Beneath the Earth
A History of Loneliness
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
This House is Haunted
Next of Kin
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
Crippen
The Absolutist
Noah Barleywater Runs Away
The Thief of Time
The House of Special Purpose
Mutiny On The Bounty
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime
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