Martin Booth

Coyote Moon
  • Coyote Moon

  • When 12-year-old Daniel appears at Dark Creek ranch, the owner, Matt, takes him in. But this is Texas, 1861, the Civil War is raging and soon Matt leaves to join up. Accompanied by an elderly Mexican cowhand, No-head Nolan, an eccentric vaquero, Beto and Matt's daughter, Daniel is left to drive the cattle along the Shawnee Trail 680 miles to Kansas. It is a hazardous journey, across flooded rivers, through dangerous Indian territory, and facing ruthless banditos - this is the story of that incredible trip. A vividly drawn, historical adventure from this Booker shortlisted author.

Martin Booth, novelist, critic, biographer, children's author and social historian, died of a brain tumor in 2004. Shortly after diagnosis, he began to write his acclaimed memoir of his childhood in Hong Kong, Gweilo which he completed shortly before his death. Amongst his acclaimed novels were Hiroshima Joe, based on the life of a real down-and-out Briton who had survived the Nagasaki atomic raid, The Industry of Souls, which was short-listed for the Booker prize, and A Very Private Gentleman, which has now been filmed as The American, starring George Clooney.