Press Release: Black Beauty
Introduced by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Annette Hamley-Jenkins
‘One of the greatest books ever narrated by a horse, with a fine message: be kind to animals, and they’ll be kind to you.’
Many writers spend a lifetime working towards literary recognition; Anna Sewell wrote a single book and it is still one of the best-selling titles of all time, having sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Its longevity is testament to the simple yet enduring theme of animals’ interaction with humans, and children still laugh and cry with the equine protagonist as sincerely as when Black Beauty was first published nearly 150 years ago.
Black Beauty has an idyllic early life and spends his formative years living with his mother Duchess on a farm owned by a kindly man. At age four, it’s time for the colt to be sold: he must leave home to start his working life and it is now that Beauty learns of mankind’s propensity to maltreat animals. While other horses rebel against such cruelties, Black Beauty retains his poise. As he moves from master to master, his compliant nature is both abused and embraced, but ultimately he knows that humans have the upper hand.
Afflicted by a debilitating injury at a young age, Sewell spent much of her life unable to move freely and reliant on horses for transport. She grew to love and understand them, and her concern for their welfare planted the seed for the novel, which is unashamed in its condemnation of animal cruelty. Adapted for film and television on numerous occasions, as well as being translated into 50 languages, Black Beauty helped change perceptions of animal welfare through greater empathy and awareness.
This new edition from The Folio Society is thoughtfully introduced by Michael Morpurgo and Annette Hamley-Jenkins’s full-colour images convey the powerful emotional experience horses evoke. Fifteen miniature portraits bring Black Beauty to life running through the book as you fan the pages and across the printed slipcase: a unique addition to a lifelong literary companion.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Dante with Rumble Brave. 224 pages. 6 full-page colour illustrations. Running horse motif on text pages. Printed slipcase. 9˝ x 6¼˝
UK £34.95 US $53.95 Can $68.95 Aus $78.95
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