Congress of Rough Riders
John Boyne

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Narrated By: Wilf Scolding

Duration: 12 hours and 21 minutes

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William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West.

Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry.

When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.

© John Boyne 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


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The charm of history in this book lies in imagining how exciting it would have been to live there


Boyne's story has echoes of John Irving's sprawling family epics. This is an entertaining campfire story


A total blast... clever, provocative stuff. A formidable achievement


Boyne is an engaging writer who succeeds in making his readers care about the confused and rather selfish William

Daily Telegraph

A rollicking ride...Compelling