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The Fox In the Cupboard

A Memoir

About The Book

When London-based single mother Jane Shilling finds herself with a couple of weeks unexpectedly free and no chance of going away, she decides to pursue a childhood ambition and learn to ride. So began her odd, late-blooming affair with foxhunting: a passion that was to take her back to the scenes of her childhood and transform her life in ways that were unexpected, often enchanting, and frequently uncomfortable.

The Fox in the Cupboard is the vivid account of the hidden, beautiful, and frequently comic world of horses and hunting, and the extraordinary characters the author met along the way. It is a book about searching for the place where you belong and about embarking on an adventure at the very point in your life when you thought it was too late.

About The Author

Jane Shilling is a columnist with The Times (London) who lives in Greenwich, England, with her son. She hunts with the Ashford Valley.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (December 12, 2007)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743277303

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Raves and Reviews

"Wonderfully evocative...A hymn to the English landscape in the great and tender tradition of English pastoral writing."

-- Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl

"A funny, touching, and graceful memoir."

-- Michael Korda, author of Horse People

"Jane Shilling has my unreserved admiration for the grace with which she writes, for the humor with which she describes the difficult journey towards becoming a competent rider....This is a book I shall want to read more than once."

-- Miranda Seymour, The Sunday Times

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