Cody, The Medicine Man and Me


Cody, The Medicine Man and Me is a rites of passage story about a middle-aged man who takes a trip across the USA that transforms into the ultimate voyage of personal discovery. Attempting to establish the truth of his baffling ancestry, and struggling to prepare himself for a reunion with his estranged twin brother – old rivalries quickly resurface.

A showdown brews - but ultimately only one of the brothers can ride off into the sunset.

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From an austere 1950s Britain, enlivened by hilarious and bittersweet accounts of childhood escapades in the local woods, to his journey 30 years later in the real American West, Ray attempts to establish the truth of a baffling ancestry hinted at by great-Uncle Bill, erstwhile gambler and rodeo-circuit showman. Ray also struggles to prepare himself for a reunion after three decades with his estranged twin brother, Luke. Old sibling rivalries quickly resurface as our hero seeks to ensure their inheritance – a precious piece of the American wilderness – is preserved in keeping with their heritage, not turned into a money-making scheme to line his brother’s pocket.

A showdown brews - but ultimately only one of the brothers can ride off into the sunset.


“We expect this book to be very well received – delighting fans ofAlan’s historical and narrative works, and attracting many new ones.”
Paula Comley, Commissioning Editor – Ouen Press


“Many of us – perhaps all of us – when we were young, had ‘cowboy dreams’. Alan Wilkinson has re-made them afresh, without sentimentality or too much fantasy. This is a delightful book. I have been a fan of Alan Wilkinson’s very distinctive writing for a long time and am so very happy to see this publication.” Sara Maitland, author of A Book of Silence and Daughter of Jerusalem

Author Biography

After a degree in American Studies, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Alan Wilkinson was appointed Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence in Florida. But his great love has always been the American West, where he has explored the wilderness on foot, on horseback, by bike and canoe. And it was a Fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico that afforded him the space and time needed to complete this debut novel.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: April 2017
  • English
  • 9780995629905
  • United Kingdom
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 9.99 GBP
  • Pages: 304
  • Ouen Press
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Original Language Title: English
  • Copyright Year: 2016
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 cm