This month’s cover reveal is a book we’ve been waiting to arrive from the printers since we saw the early drafts of the design – C.E. Morgan’s magisterial The Sport of Kings.
The Sport of Kings is the story of Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, who 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.
From the galloping illustration on the cover to the sprawling maps of the novel’s Kentucky setting on the endpapers, the design is as striking and weighty as the story within its pages.
And before The Sport of Kings was even published, the praise started cantering in – if you don’t believe us when we go on about how brilliant this novel is, just read the quotation above from Philipp Meyer!
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan is out in hardback now.
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