They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Paperback)

Horace McCoy

Cult American noir now a Serpent's Tail Classic

During the Depression, Gloria and Robert enter a dance marathon in return for three square meals a day and a chance at winning the big-money prize. Under the intense scrutiny of the media, corporate sponsors and obsessive fans, the competing couples are put through a series of gruelling and humiliating feats of endurance, until they begin to fight among themselves and betray each other. As days and weeks go by, the tension reaches boiling point, and this pitch-black tale of desire and desperation heads towards a violent conclusion.

Publication date: 04/11/2010

£8.99

ISBN: 9781846687396

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, Serpent's Tail Classics

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Ebook)

Horace McCoy

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Cult American noir now a Serpent's Tail Classic

During the Depression, Gloria and Robert enter a dance marathon in return for three square meals a day and a chance at winning the big-money prize. Under the intense scrutiny of the media, corporate sponsors and obsessive fans, the competing couples are put through a series of gruelling and humiliating feats of endurance, until they begin to fight among themselves and betray each other. As days and weeks go by, the tension reaches boiling point, and this pitch-black tale of desire and desperation heads towards a violent conclusion.

Publication date: 26/05/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9781847653109

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, Serpent's Tail Classics

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Paperback)

Horace McCoy

McCoy's classic novel is a powerful story of ambition, desperation, and determination in 1930s America

The Great Depression led people to take desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time, seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money, dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time.
But the underside of that craze was a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms. A lurid tale of dancing and desperation, Horace McCoy's classic American novel captures the dark side of the 1930s.

Publication date: 03/09/2020

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788165907

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, Serpent's Tail Classics

Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy was born near Nashville, Tennessee in 1897. During his lifetime he travelled all over the US as a salesman and taxi-driver, and his varied career included reporting and sports editing, acting as bodyguard to a politician, doubling for a wrestler, and writing for films and magazines. A founder of the celebrated Dallas Little Theatre, his novels include I Should Have Stayed Home (1938), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1948), and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935), which was made into a film. He died in 1955.