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The Sport of Kings - C. E. Morgan

The Sport of Kings - C. E. Morgan

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Title: The Sport of Kings

Author:  C. E. Morgan

ISBN:  9780007313266

Weight:  990g

Numbered and signed first edition, first printing




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The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

‘You and I are family.  Blood and treasure.  Listen to me, I created this world with my own two hands, and I am going to leave it all to you.’

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties.  Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse.  But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view.  Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught
as the South itself – a moral epic for our time.

Peer & Press Reviews

This epic feat of storytelling confirms Morgan as a torchbearer for the new southern Gothic tradition.

Financial Times

With The Sport of Kings, CE Morgan has delivered a masterpiece.  Rich, deep, and ambitious, this book is, by any standard, a Great American Novel.

Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

A high literary epic of America.  Long and dense, violent and strident… portentous… majestic.

Duncan White, Sunday Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Sport of Kings
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of 750 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

The tipped-in title page confirms the book’s number.  This page also gives the month and year of publication.

Available numbers: Choice of 328 or 548 [subject to availability]
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:

Folio prize 2017 – shortlist

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 – shortlist

Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: 4th Estate
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007313266
ISBN 10: 0007313268
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 545
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 49mm
Weight: 1.115kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Jacket design: Abby Kagan
Endpaper maps: Jeffrey L. Ward
Jacket image: Bridgeman / Getty Images

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