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If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of Equine Obsession Paperback – 1 Feb 2013
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Richly evocative... Susanna Forrest describes her ongoing fascination with horses with such clarity, with such a feel for how horses can affect your life... this is not just a tale of one woman's love, but of swathes of people who are involved in the equine world. Author: Lucy Cavendish Source: Guardian
Fascinating... Susanna Forrest is an attractive stylist who writes with great energy... highly readable Author: Jane Shilling Source: Sunday Telegraph
Tackling what exactly the appeal of ponies really is, while powerfully conveying her passion for them, Susanna Forrest has written a beautiful book. Source: Daily Telegraph
If Wishes Were Horses rejoices in the physical and imaginative joy of riding. Source: Times Literary Supplement
Entertaining, beguiling and surprising in equal measure, If Wishes Were Horses is the story of one girl's childhood obsession with ponies and the complex relationship that women have had with horses across the centuries.See all Product description
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This is a rare book, teaching me a lot about the adult I am now and the child I was then, and almost bringing tears of happiness to my eyes as I remembered how much I loved horse-riding, even though it's 20 years since I was astride a horse. I bought a second copy for the childhood best friend I got back in touch with recently and finally forgave her for being smarter, prettier and having had her own pony when we were kids.
But best of all, it reminded that I could still have horses in my life even though I live in Brixton these days and I'm saving up for my first riding lesson as an adult thanks to Susanna (if I don't blow all my cash revisiting Jinny and Jill and co on Amazon first...)
I learnt a lot, and felt immensely nostalgic for the ponies and horses I have known, both real and imagined.
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