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Black Beauty (Kingfisher Classics) Hardcover – 22 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075340589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753405895
  • Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 810 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,789,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse Black Beauty's first memories are of a large and pleasant meadow and his mother's hope that her son "will grow up gentle and good and never learn bad ways". Black Beauty's character is tested by the many adventures and hardships he experiences, but whether saving his comrades from a fire, racing to fetch help for his beloved mistress, or working as a London cab horse, his brave and loyal nature shines through. Black Beauty is a moving record of man's cruelty to animals, but above all an exciting adventure story. Published in 1877, Black Beauty has become one of the best-loved classics of children's literature.

About the Author

Anna Sewell (1820-78) was born in Great Yarmouth. She was an invalid for most of her life, following an accident when she was fourteen. Unable to walk properly, she grew to rely on, and to love, the horses which took her around in a cart or trap; a love which moved her to write her only novel. Black Beauty was published only a few months before Anna Sewell's death so, sadly, she was never to learn of it's amazing success. Ian Andrew is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, where he studied Animation. He has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, including Oliver Twist and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Dorling Kindersley), and has a particular talent for bring animal characters to life.

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