Press Release: War Horse
With a new introduction by the author
Illustrated by Alan Marks
Winner of the 2016 Book Illustration Competition
‘Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals,
conveying the big emotions without preaching’
Star of both stage and screen, War Horse is now published in a Folio edition with a striking binding and a series of powerful illustrations by Alan Marks.
Joey, a beautiful bay-red horse with a distinctive white cross on his nose, works on a farm in the Devonshire countryside, alongside his devoted master Albert. But when war breaks out in 1914, Joey is sold to the army and sent to the battlefields of France on the Western Front. Here he witnesses the worst of humanity: the chaos and raw fear of battle, the thunder of machine-gun fire across the trenches, and the senseless slaughter of soldiers and horses alike. Yet in the midst of these vast horrors, quiet acts of kindness remind Joey that friendship and love can survive even in the most terrible of times.
Although intended for a young audience, Michael Morpurgo’s moving novel doesn’t shy away from the cruel reality of conflict. The brutal landscape of the First World War is described in elegant, affecting prose, but tempering this are moments of compassion and humanity – by far the most powerful scenes in this poignant story.
In his introduction, written exclusively for this edition, Morpurgo, a former Children’s Laureate, discusses the timeless value of illustrated books, as well as the special relationship between author and artist. He explains why he believes that words and images together are ‘how stories are best made and most powerfully told’. Alan Marks won the 2016 Book Illustration Competition with his sensitive and dramatic images for War Horse. Morpurgo, who sat on the judging panel for the competition, describes how the images ‘shone a new light’ on the story, ultimately enriching it.
Bound in printed cloth. Set in Centaur. 192 pages. Black & white title-page illustration,
7 colour illustrations and 9 black & white tailpieces. Printed endpapers, die-cut
bookmark and printed slipcase. 8˝x 5½˝.
UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
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