THE LONG WAY NORTH by Jim Bosworth


The Spur outfit of Brownsville Texas is pushing a herd of 2700 longhorns to market in Montana, by way of the National Trail, two thousand miles of dust, drought and death.

Foreman Adam Childress doesn’t know how his men will face the relentless pressure of guiding the massive herd over the treacherous trail, criss-crossed with barbed wire fences and dotted with homesteads with lands scarred more deeply by iron plows than cattle hoofs. And then there were the men themselves — tough, hard-eyed loners with nothing in common except their grim dedication to the job.

THE LONG WAY NORTH is a dramatic novel about the last of the great cattle drives, a gripping story of men pitting their endurance and courage against the land, the animals, and each other.

“An outstanding, beautifully written, epic novel about the end of the trail, the demise of an era. Bosworth is a great writer. His characterisations are superb and the emotional conflicts are portrayed with intelligent understanding. One does not forget these people. The result is a gripping story, moreover one of outstanding literary merit.” San Francisco Chronicle

“The story of one of the last great cattle drives. The trek is a very real, engrossing experience.” The New York Times

“A western that is refreshingly different… different in that there is no taint of the two-gun tough who prevails over evil only slightly worse than he is. THE LONG WAY NORTH is more of a saga than a western. It is the kind of book which, after you read it, makes you feel that you have emotionally changed.” Springfield Leader Press

“Moments of deep philosophy, adventure and humor. It’s good reading and good history.” Santa Rosa Press Democrat