The Drovers Boy
by Irvine Hunt
A novel for children and adults
Young Henry Hodgekin is pushed out of his home by his stepfather and sent to walk 600 geese from Silloth to Carlisle Market with Torse, a cantankerous Irish drover. It is Cumberland a century ago, the roads tough and dangerous, the journey days long.
Man and boy clash. Torse is short-tempered and mean, Henry stubborn. Yet despite warnings that Torse is not to be trusted, a bond develops. As they beg their way from door to door selling geese at farms and cottages, Henry learns to face up to his hopes and fears. When the journey ends, will there be any going back?
Date of Publication: 2008