Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
Heart-breaking, uplifting and full of adventure, The Long Ride Home is the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Horse Boy. Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy. The three most debilitating effects of his autism - his incontinence, his endless tantruming, and his inability to make friends - were gone. But a year almost to the day since Rowan's improvement he started regressing: the accidents and tantrums reappeared, terrifying his father Rupert. Something had to be done. Father and son embarked on a new quest, journeying from the bushmen of Namibia to the coastal rainforests of Queensland, Australia and finally to the Navajo reservations of the American southwest, where Rowan was transformed - they had begun the Long Ride Home. "It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears ...a triumph of the human spirit". (Telegraph (on The Horse Boy)). "Magical, miraculous, uplifting". (Daily Mail (on The Horse Boy)). "Amazing, astonishing". (Sunday Times (on The Horse Boy)). Rupert Isaacson is British but lives with his family in Texas, USA. He is an ex-professional horse trainer and founder of The Horse Boy Foundation, which helps to make horses and nature available to other children, autistic or not, all over the world, including the UK. The Horse Boy was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
There is enough here to suggest that something - be it the power of mind, ritual or maybe magic itself - can help bring an autistic child from near total darkness out into the world Daily Mail It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears ... a triumph of the human spirit Telegraph (on 'The Horse Boy') Magical, miraculous, uplifting Daily Mail (on 'The Horse Boy') Amazing, astonishing Sunday Times (on 'The Horse Boy')
Rupert Isaacson was born in London in 1967 to Southern African parents. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. His books include The Healing Land, which chronicles his time spent living with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and his adventure helping them to win back their lost hunting grounds; The Wild Host, the History and Meaning of the Hunt; and The Horse Boy, which tells the story of his quest on horseback across Mongolia to find healing for his autistic son Rowan. The Horse Boy was translated into 30 languages.