The Naseby Horses

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A teenager, recovering from a massive epileptic seizure, attempts to unravel the disappearance of his twin sister, while fact, legend, memory and epilepsy tamper with his reality.

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Your swan is dead...

Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.

Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

Praise

"Dominic Brownlow’s book was as much a feast for the senses as a test of my nerves; he had me smelling lavender and the far less-fragrant sulphur, pausing to look with Simon at all the diverse bird life and even listening out for a spot of late-night bell-ringing."

- Kath at Nutpress

Special Edition Extras

Enjoy this insight into the editorial process from editor and publisher Louise Walters, with our exclusive extra for The Naseby Horses by Dominic Brownlow.

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    A pair of deleted scenes from The Naseby Horses, with additional notes by the editor and publisher, Louise Walters.
    "The Nasesby Horses underwent some thorough and lengthy edits. It was (is) a brilliantly written debut novel, but as an editor I felt it was rather out of control, dense, and too wordy! So my aim with the editing was to thin it all out, stick to the central plot, and lose some of the more descriptive moments. Let’s just say we killed a few darlings!"

Why you'll love The Naseby Horses

A literary novel disguised as a paranormal thriller, The Naseby Horses by Dominic Brownlow is a story with descriptions so immersive that it slows you up, keeps you asking questions, and builds tension that bursts in the final scene with a finish that is well worth the read.

Reviews

The paranormal invades Simon’s awareness and keeps us guessing until the final, very satisfying denouement. The prose in this book is remarkable and beautiful and a complete pleasure to read.

Clare Rhoden

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

Bookmarks and Stages by Lou

The Naseby Horses is an atmospheric slow-burner of a mystery within a mystery, totally at home in its superbly-evoked Fenland setting, with the author building the tension every bit as well as the convincing auras he creates.

Nut Press

The novel is, quite frankly, a masterclass in how to use language to invoke atmosphere. Everything felt so tangible, and the oppressive skies of the Fens referred to in the blurb make for an uncomfortable read.

Emma R.

There are so many threads subtly woven together in this book that I wasn’t always sure what was going to happen. Cults, family secrets, curses and missing children all add to the folk horror vibe of the story, but this is a book that doesn’t answer all the questions it raises.

Ten Penny Dreams

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A teenager, recovering from a massive epileptic seizure, attempts to unravel the disappearance of his twin sister, while fact, legend, memory and epilepsy tamper with his reality. With descriptions so vivid you can taste the sulphurous air.

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Dominic Brownlow

Dominic lives near Peterborough with his children. He worked in the music industry as a manager before setting up his own independent label.

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