The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter

From the bestselling author of 600 Hours of Edward comes the story of a boxer and a sportswriter whose fates are inextricably linked.Hugo Hunter, a would be champion who never quite made it, is on his last legs Thirty seven years old, soft around the middle, and broke, he s plummeted from his glory days of title fights to small time bouts against brawlers and punks WatchFrom the bestselling author of 600 Hours of Edward comes the story of a boxer and a sportswriter whose fates are inextricably linked.Hugo Hunter, a would be champion who never quite made it, is on his last legs Thirty seven years old, soft around the middle, and broke, he s plummeted from his glory days of title fights to small time bouts against brawlers and punks Watching ringside for nearly twenty years has been Mark Westerly, a sportswriter who has struggled to keep a professional distance from the man whose life and career have become enmeshed with his own tumultuous trajectory Hugo and Mark share a history that runs deep and has at times gotten ugly As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him and unburdens himself of long held secrets regarding Hugo s past But can these two men, who ve lived so long under the weight of their own tragedies, finally help each other find redemption
The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter From the bestselling author of Hours of Edward comes the story of a boxer and a sportswriter whose fates are inextricably linked Hugo Hunter a would be champion who never quite made it is on his

  • Title: The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter
  • Author: Craig Lancaster
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    Craig Lancaster

    When Craig Lancaster moved to Montana in 2006, at the age of 36, it was the realization of a dream he d harbored since childhood, one that he figured had been overtaken by events, as so many dreams are I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was a kid, Lancaster says It was such a vast, beautiful, overwhelming place From the first time I saw Montana, I wanted to be a part of it Craig was born on February 9th, 1970, in Lakewood, Washington Adopted at birth, he grew up in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, with his mother and stepfather and siblings His stepfather, Charles Clines, was a longtime sportswriter at the Fort Worth Star Telegram, a connection that led to Craig s career as a journalist, a profession he followed to a series of newspaper jobs across the country Texas, Alaska, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, California and, finally, Montana.A couple of years after Craig s arrival in the Big Sky State, he began chasing another long held dream that of writing novels His first completed novel, 600 Hours of Edward, was born in the crucible of National Novel Writing Month, that every November free for all of furious writing He completed an entire first draft, nearly 80,000 words, in November 2008 In October 2009, it was published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana, and has since gone on to be selected as a Montana Honor Book and a High Plains Book Award winner.His follow up, The Summer Son, was released in January 2011 by Encore, to similar acclaim Booklist called the new novel a classic western tale of rough lives and gruff, dangerous men, of innocence betrayed and long, stumbling journeys to love Lancaster s work delves deeply below the surface of its characters, teasing out the desires and motivations that lead us through our lives It s all too easy to turn people into caricatures, but the truth is, we humans are pretty damned fascinating, he says For me, fiction is a way at getting at truth I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life whether my own or someone else s My hope is that someone reading my work will have their own emotional experience and bring their own thoughts to what they read on the page When I m asked what my stories mean, my inclination is turn the question around What do they mean to you

    451 Comment

    • Viktor said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Heartbreaking, uplifting, touching, and a few more adjectives I don't normally use. It was well worth my time, as it will be yours.It's about boxing like "Streetcar Named Desire" is about trollies.

    • Kimberly Hicks said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I hope this book gets the visibility it deserves.This the story of people. Of life. Of love, disappointment, tragedy, failure, learning, forgetting, yet hoping for better.The central characters happen to be a boxer and a sportswriter, but their jobs are irrelevant, other than they provided a setting for this story to unfold. And oh, how it does unfold.Hugo Hunter is a washed-up boxer. Mark Westerly is the reporter who covered his career. They formed a friendship early in Hugo's career. They are [...]

    • Debbie said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      When I read the blurb I was doubtful that I could take boxer Hugo Hunter into my heart as much as I had previously done with Edward from my favourite books in a long time ‘Edward Adrift’ and ‘600 Hours of Edward’ but I relished a chance to enjoy a well written novel which you know is what you’ll get with Craig Lancaster. How wrong I was (not about the well written bit…that’s a given!). There is room in my heart after all for Hugo and his friend Mark, both fallible and far from perf [...]

    • Larry H said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I'd rate this 3.5 stars."That's the thing about fame. If you have it, it's almost never on your terms. You become what other people—people who don't really know you—imagine you to be."Hugo Hunter was a young boxer from Billings, Montana, who had exceptional talent. He took the world by surprise when at 17, he won the silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. (He was actually cheated of the gold medal, but that's another story.) Yet given his skills, he was never really able to achieve the su [...]

    • Whistlers Mom said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      It's not just boxing. There's a love story.Welcome to Billings, Montana, where we step back in time sixty years. When the smokes were unfiltered Camels and boutique beer was just a bad joke. When men were men and women were bitter-sweet memories. For a while the only females in this story are Hugo's dead grandmother and Mark's long-gone ex-wife. Sixty years ago wasn't a great time for women. No wonder they didn't hang aroundEASE keep reading. It's 2014 and everyone has cellphones. Washed-up boxe [...]

    • Gavin Smith said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      There is a lot to like about The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, not least of these is that snappy title. It also has interesting, likeable characters, good robust prose, and a story that starts and stops in the right place. That last one might seem a little odd, but I really enjoyed the way that Craig Lancaster gave the reader just enough to understand the plot and the characters. I feel like a lot of modern fiction tries to be overly completist. I don't need to know the exact locations of each a [...]

    • Helen (TBC) said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I loved the summer Son and the wonderful Edward books by Craig Lancaster and was a bit worried about this being set around a boxer and a sports writer. I shouldn't have worried, once again he has given us a wonderfully crafted, believable story of human vulnerability, ambitions dashed, hope and resilience. He also gives us hope that there will be more of Hugo via a wonderful little twist in the story (no spoilers!!) The fact that it is written around boxing is as relevant as racing cars were in [...]

    • Philip Bailey said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      A story of failure after failure of a boxer wannabe and the efforts and frustrations of the people close to him as they also failed to prevent his self-destruction. The story as told by a sports writer suffering from a failed marriage and the tragic loss of a son, caused mostly by his failure as a Father and husband. See a pattern here? Mostly a meandering story with just enough juice to hold the readers’ interest but by no means memorable. I could only recommend it as a filler between more ex [...]

    • Jennifer said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Although I don't think this was the best written book, thus 4 stars, I did enjoy reading it. The characters were well developed and the story itself was interesting. The narrator is a sports writer of a small town newspaper, basically telling the story of a has been boxer - I kept waiting for the line "I coulda been a contender". The characters were likable and flawed. I would definitely recommend this book - and you don't have to know anything about boxing!

    • Martha said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I got this book because I so much enjoyed Mr. Lancaster's Edward books. This one is even better but I cannot figure out how to describe it. Yes, it is about boxing, my least favorite sport. But, no, it's not really about boxing. Well, I did learn something about boxing and sports writing. But that's beside the point. These people are so real and I cared so much about them and what was happening to them. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

    • Mandi said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Craig Lancaster, where have you been all my life?

    • Sojourner said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster is a story of life’s setbacks, hope and redemption told through the perspective of Mark Westerly, who is a sportswriter, about the life and struggles of a boxer Hugo Hunter. It is the story of two vastly different individuals whose lives intertwined for better or worse. Hugo Hunter was once a promising boxer but he didn’t quite make it. Mark Westerly covers Hugo’s ups and downs for nearly twenty years, from the time he was a teenage Olymp [...]

    • Pippa said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      By page 75 I found myself searching reviews in an attempt to find reason to continue - I didn't actively dislike the book I just wasn't enjoying it enough. I wasn't connecting with the characters, even hints at future revelations failed to pique my interest.This was a free download by an author who is new to me, and as I have lots of unread books (many by authors I know will not disappoint) I decided to abandon this story.

    • Dale said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      InsightfulIt's interesting to imagine how people become who they are as they go about their lives. This story explores this for the two main characters, Hugo and Mark, individually but together as their occupations of boxer and sports journalist connect them. Its backstory also paints a picture of the boxing and news media worlds.

    • Wes F said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Loved this spin-off from Lancaster's Edward series [600 Hours of Edward]. This book was a read-aloud by my own personal audible, my wife Chris. We had some driving time on our trip back to the US in Nov.

    • Dave said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      "The last time I saw Hugo Hunter in the boxing ring was on a miserable Tuesday that pissed down freezing rain in Billings, Montana." That's how Craig Lancaster begins his latest novel, "The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter." He pretty much tells the whole story right there in the first line, but, as a reader, you know pretty much that he's got you hooked and you are not going to be able to wriggle off the hook till he gets you to the bitter end of this terrific novel.Although the backdrop to this st [...]

    • Blue said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I don't read chick lit, but I imagine The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter is like chick lit written from a guy's perspective? I don't even know if that makes sense. The writing shines at moments, and at others, is over the top. Some events are repeatedly evaluated by several of the characters, which makes the plot seem stationary. Perhaps the most puzzling character is the narrator; somehow his first marriage was doomed to fail, though we never really understand why, and now he is in this great rel [...]

    • Dan Maguire said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter is told from the perspective of Mark Westerly, a sports reporter who by his own admission has grown so close to his subject, the boxer Hugo Hunter, that he can no longer be objective. Of course, that's what makes this novel so satisfying: we see Hugo's trials and mistakes from someone who may not understand him, but who loves him. Objectivity would have lessened the emotional impact of the story.The story unfolds as Hugo is on his last legs, fighting (and losing [...]

    • Leslie said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Wonderful story!! This is by far the most complicated story Craig has crafted to date. And it showcases what he does best--explore relationships. All the characters in this tale are flawed and this makes for great, authentic reading. The failed marriages, the addictions, the pathology of the newsroom, the pathology of boxing, the price of fame, and the situation of being an accessory to fame; these are all explored in the context of male friendship, which is rare in fiction. I was frustrated wit [...]

    • Sarah Ferguson said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I picked up "The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter" after reading Craig Lancaster's books "600 Hours of Edward" and "Edward Adrift." I'm not a boxing fan, so the subject matter of the book initially worried me. I should not have been worried - I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is not to say that boxing doesn't feature prominently in the book, because it does (in all its brutality and troubles). But at its heart, "The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter" is not a story about boxing, but about relationship [...]

    • Jim said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Hugo Hunter is Billings, MT's most famous and revered local athlete. At age 17, a silver medalist in boxing at the 1992 Olympics (should have been gold) he goes on to pursue a professional career that at times seems very promising. His story is told as a first person narrative by Mark Westerly, a sports reporter for the local daily paper. Hugo's life is uneven and unpredictable with some ups but too many downs. Mark steps way over the line that would make him an objective reporter by becoming fr [...]

    • Paul said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I enjoyed this more than I expected I would. It was a heartfelt story with a very well-developed narrator, and several other good characters. Though boxing is the backdrop for the book, it's really not at all a book about boxing. The eponymous Hugo Hunter is at the end of his career, one where he fell just short of greatness, and his friend Mark is our narrator, telling stories of the past, and the present, with a clever nod to the future woven throughout as well.The book reminded me slightly of [...]

    • Ian said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter is a fast-paced story about Mark Westerly, a seasoned journalist at the local rag who recounts stories from his own past and his long association with Hugo Hunter, a young Olympic medallist who never quite reached his potential in the pros.Although the book charts the life-long friendship between journalist and boxer, the heavier blows are landed in the scenes from Westerly’s personal life. He covers his stormy relationship with first wife Marlene, his fractiou [...]

    • Kyle said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      This is really closer to 3.5 stars. So far the best Prime freebie I've downloaded (though this is not a super high bar to clear). Hugo and the Westerly character both get fleshed out fairly well. They are both flawed men, but they feel mostly sympathetic by the endIt is a mostly straightforward story. There are a few surprises, but only insofar as we don't know the specifics - it's clear from the outset that things have already gone wrong and are fixing to get worse.Ultimately it's the raw huma [...]

    • Lorena Reich said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Not what I expected from book descriptionThis book was a kindle first selection when I got it. I had four books to choose from and none of them looked very good to me. I'm not at all interested in boxing but it did take place in Montana which I like to read about so that's what got me. Once I started reading I found that the book didn't have a lot to do with boxing. It's more about the after effects of boxing and friendship and love. The one problem I had was that I wanted to see what happens to [...]

    • Beth said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      This is not my typical type of book, but my husband has been traveling a lot for work, and we decided to read the same book to have something besides our respective workdays to discuss in our evening video chats. My husband chose this book. I enjoyed it, especially since it takes place in the world of newspaper journalism as much as the world of sports. This was a 4 star book for me, with simple, clear writing about complicated and real characters, until the end, when a big, clunky narrative dev [...]

    • Tom said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Literary style fiction, not my usual read but I really liked it. Well written, the story explores the human condition and friendship.Hugo Hunter is a boxed who once held much promise but self-destructed his way out of success and the history books. The narrator is his friend, a sports writer who got too close to the story and became part of it. The two work through a lot of tragedy and failure, at times not living up to each others needs/expectations, but maintaining a deep friendship that carri [...]

    • Wayne said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Very character driven, and although most of the characters are complete screw ups (with no-one to blame but themselves) you can't help but fall in love with them. It's not obvious at the start how close the characters are, they seem more like acquaintances and colleagues, but as you discover the depth of their relationships to each other, your relationship to them also deepens and turns this into a real page turner. I'd be interested to read Hugo Hunter's memoirs if the author ever chooses to wr [...]

    • angela said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      I enjoyed this novel about a boxer and, more so, a journalist covering the life of a boxer. At first, I was getting a Charles Bukowski vibe, but the characters were considerably more likeable for all their faults. My only critiscm would be that the excerpts that were written in Hugo's narrative had the exact same style and word choice as the rest of the book (narrated by Mark) so I sometimes had to back track to remember who the narrator was. I think Hugo could have had a more distinct voice. Bu [...]

    • Bobby said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:00 PM

      Almost feel guilty winning this one in a "Giveaway". I should have paid SOMETHING for the joy and life experiences I was blessed with in this tragic, tremendous story. Without giving anything away, it helped that I am a huge boxing fan so the tale resonated more with my interests. Hugo and the narrator, Mark, are perfectly characterized in a story with good guys, bad guys and especially, lost guys. Mr. Lancaster is also the author of 600 Hours of Edward!!Enjoy!!

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