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The Black Fox of Beckham

The Black Fox of Beckham

by David L. Heaney


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Set in the village of Beckham, nestled in the English countryside, where fox hunting has been a way of life for hundreds of years, a rare black fox is spotted shortly before the opening of the hunt season. The Beckhamshire County Hunt Club seizes on the opportunity to exploit a long history of sinister legends concerning black foxes in order to generate interest in the hunt and raise money for a sport that a growing segment of the population regard as cruel. The disturbing stories about black foxes quickly spread through the village and surrounding countryside, igniting rumors of an evil black fox and its witch handler. The master of foxhounds vows to track down and kill the now infamous “black fox of Beckham.” But this fox has embraced the guidance of her father before he was killed by hunters. “What makes you different also makes you powerful.” Arabella, the black fox, is befriended by kindred spirits: the autistic daughter of the secretary of the hunt, and a reclusive Gypsy widow who is regarded by many as suspicious. The three proudly brand themselves “the peculiars” and promise to end fox hunting in England.

The Black Fox of Beckham is a tale for young adult readers about winning at any cost, superstition, prejudice and being different and the magic of friendship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960059300
Publisher: Author David Heaney
Publication date: 01/06/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

David has enjoyed several careers all focused around assisting others with major life changes. He was a parish minister for many years, a marriage and family therapist, university instructor and a senior executive with a large private company assisting governments around the world with the development and management of their social assistance programs.
David attended SUNY, College at Purchase Yale University Divinity School and the University of Sand Diego. He has a long-standing interest in what motivates people to make dramatic change and believes that relationships rather than principles are the primary force for change.
David has four children and three grandchildren. And lives with his wife, Lynda and their three dogs in Durham, NC.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • Beckham and Kennilwood Manor
  • Growing Up Fast
  • Gypsy Broken Dreams
  • Finn and the Black Fox
  • Cubbing Day
  • Shot!
  • Superstitions
  • Trusting the Furless Ones
  • An Unusual Meeting
  • Insight
  • An Evening of Stories
  • We Are the Peculiars
  • The Hunt
  • Epilogue

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