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  • Published: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448173952
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Sound of Coaches




A rollicking, exciting and moving tale from Leon Garfield.

One stormy December night some time in the eighteenth century, a coach came thundering down the long hill outside of Dorking on its usual journey into London. But something unusual was to happen that night as one of the passengers unexpectedly gave birth to a child.

Not until he was eight did Sam Chichester discover that the coachman and guard he called 'Ma and 'Pa' were not his real parents. Sam will need to grow up, leave home, and find love before he will finally uncover the truth about his parentage.

  • Published: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448173952
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Leon Garfield

Leon Garfield was born in Brighton in 1921. He was the acclaimed author of more than thirty novels for children and adults including Devil in the Fog, winner of the inaugural Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1967, The God Beneath the Sea, winner of the 1970 Carnegie Medal, and John Diamond, winner of the 1980 Whitbread literary award. He was also elected a member of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in 1996.

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Praise for The Sound of Coaches

A book to savor and decipher, rich in atmosphere and character and style that strikes sparks from the cobbles

New Statesman

Filled with voluble wit

Washington Post

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