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Warhorses of Letters

The book of the BBC Radio 4 series starring Stephen Fry, Daniel Rigby and Tamsin Greig by Hudson & Phillips

This book is published, but you can still pledge for rewards!

Warhorses of Letters cover

The Synopsis

These letters we're publishing - they were really written from Wellington's warhorse to Napoleon's warhorse and vice versa? Really?

They really were. I'm an actual, proper, highly-qualified historian. If I say something is kosher, then it's kosher. I put the full weight of my academic reputation behind this project. Being a historian is like being one of those guys on CSI. We know stuff. There are some things you literally cannot fake.

That's what I thought.

You were right. But having collected the letters together, and having had them faithfully dramatised by Radio 4's comedy department, why are we getting them published as well?

Well, as you well know, it's not just that we found the letters, there was all that other material.

I don't well know. What other material?

All those extra letters, the ones from Marengo to his hygienist and the horse he plays chess with? The notes between Copenhagen and the annoying dog he has to share a stall with? And what about all the hardcore archival work we did fleshing out the details of the story? We're going to annotate the letters with a series of incredibly informative hoofnotes.

Oh, that. Yes, I do remember now.

And do you remember that we promised Unbound that if listeners have any questions, they can ask them by emailing

Yes, vaguely.

And that if we answer a question in a published hoofnote, then we will raise the asker FOR FREE to the next level?

I remember something about that, but not in as much detail as you seem to remember it. Does that mean we'd give someone a free ebook if they hadn't pledged at all?

Only if we answered their question, and I bet we wouldn't answer a non-pledger. We can be quite vindictive, remember.

Yes, I remember. Are you really going to make me go pony-trekking?

Only if we get the pledges.

Please don't pledge.


The Excerpt

Dear Marengo brackets Napoleon's horse close brackets,


The Reviews

This book has 1 review with an average rating of 5 stars.

This book was a triumph on the radio, it made me laugh out loud even though it dealt with tricky subjects, not just homosexual horses....who'd have thought? But also the really terrible reality of war and lovers separated by distance and loyalty to their masters. I laughed and cried and can't wait to... (read more)

The Author

Marie Phillips is the author of Gods Behaving Badly, which has just been filmed and stars Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. She hosts literary events including, with Scott Pack, the Firestation Book Swap in Windsor and is Writer in residence at Ackland Burghley school, London, with the organisation First Story.

Robert Hudson wrote the novel The Kilburn Social Club, and various musicals including, with Jeremy Sams, Damsel in Distress, which was commissioned by the Gershwin and Wodehouse estates and is due for production in Chichester next year. He hosts the comedy night Tall Tales and the spin-off podcast Listen & Often.

The Rewards

This book is now published. You can still pledge, but you won't get listed as a supporter in the back.


Downloadable on Christmas Day!

(Horses love e-books)

Special Edition

1st edition hardback copy of the book & the e-book. (Horses have hard backs.)

Signed - SOLD OUT

Signed 1st edition hardback plus the e-book

(Kiss Kiss Hoofprint.)

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Special Gift No. 2 - SOLD OUT

signed 1st edition hardback, Christmas card (or postcard) from Copenhagen & Marengo & the e-book for christmas

(to guarantee delivery of the Christmas card order by Dec 13th).

(Horses’ Christmas stockings are very long.)

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Goodie Bag - SOLD OUT

Includes mug, A4 cover print, signed 1st edition hardback, Christmas card (or postcard) & e-book

(to guarantee delivery of the Christmas card order by Dec 13th).

(Horses can use mugs, but they don’t.)

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Horse Goodie Bag - SOLD OUT

Embroidered horse blanket, mug, A4 cover print, signed 1st edition hardback, Christmas card (or postcard) & e-book

(to guarantee delivery of the Christmas card order by Dec 13th).

(Horses love horse lovers)

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Launch Party - SOLD OUT

Two invites to the book launch party, plus goodie bag

(Marengo and Copenhagen may not be at the launch party)

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Cover Print - SOLD OUT

Limited edition A2 cover print, numbered & signed by the artist, Tom Sears, plus goodie bag

(Picasso was a horse)

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Lunch - SOLD OUT

Two invites to lunch with the authors, two invites to the book launch party & a goodie bag

(Menu: Beef Wellington, or Chicken or Tofu a la Marengo)

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Pony-trekking? - SOLD OUT

Pony-Trekking with both the authors plus horse goodie bag

(Marie knows how to ride a horse)

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Immortality - SOLD OUT

Your name as a character in the next set of Warhorse letters

(It will be easier if you are already a horse)

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