Black Beauty is a horse with a glossy coat and a white star on his forehead. Life in the field with his mother is idyllic, but when Beauty is sold to a new owner he embarks on a dramatic journey that will take him from the stables of the rich to the impoverished streets of Victorian London.
One of the best-selling books of all time, Anna Sewell's moving story of a beautiful black horse will delight animal lovers of all ages. This edition contains illustrations by the renowned artist, Cecil Aldin.
Anna Sewell was born in 1820 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. At the age of fourteen she injured both of her ankles in an accident, which meant that she could never walk properly again. Because of this she relied heavily on travelling in horse-drawn carriages, and it was from here that her love of horses grew. In 1871 Anna began writing a book aimed at encouraging more humane treatment of horses. Owing to her failing health the story took nearly seven years to complete but was eventually published in 1877. Sadly, Anna never got to know of the huge success of Black Beauty, her only book, as she died in 1878, five months after the book's publication.