Wild Horse Diaries Hardcover – 12 Sep 2005
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'An affectionate, humorous memoir'(Glasgow Herald )
'Extraordinary'(Sunday Telegraph )
'Spender's tone throughout her diaries is artless and studiedly self-effacing...raptuous.'
'An inspirational story about reaching 50 and realising it's time to act on seemingly impossible dreams'(Publishing News 20051028)
'Forget girlie pony stories - this is the passionate adventure of taming a wild horse in the red dust and rugged terrain of the Australian outback'(Good Housekeeping 20060717)
'You'll find Lizzie's adventures irresistible'(Independent 20060717)
'It is the best thing of its kind since Black Beauty and including My Friend Flicka. It is a book I can relate to'(Sunday Telegraph/Seven 20051204)
'A truly inspiring adventure'(Daily Mail 20051204)
Wild Horse Diaries is an inspiring real life tale about fulfilling our not-so-impossible dreams.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I was amazed by her wonderfully different and free childhood, but identified with the poignancy of never quite getting that pony of one's dreams *sighs nostalgically*.
This book shows that it is still possible for those dreams to reignite and be realised in later life, even when you had stopped hoping. It is inspiring, but also demonstrates how things that don't necessarily work out as you planned can be even better than what you planned!
Lizzie Spender invites the reader into her life to experience the beauty of outback Australia and the excitement of trying to capture wild Brumbies, with all the dangers and difficulties involved. She meets many wonderful characters and kind people on her way, and these stories of simple human kindness are perhaps the most heart-warming.
All in all, this was an excellent and well structured book, and for me a great introduction to the world of the autobiography!
This is the story of Lizzie fulfilling a childhood dream - and more besides. The horses are the stars of course, and the descriptions of life on a remote station are fascinating.
Having seen the horse of her dreams, Lizzie sets out to find a way to catch it and tame it. In the process she gets more than she bargained for - more horses and more things to consider.
It would be easy to think that with her background she could have made the whole thing so much more easy, but this is clearly not her way, and neither is she as privileged or as self-assured as one might expect.
Lizzie Spender has produced a sweet chronicle of her experiences. This is a journey - from adulthood back to her childhood and those dreams - and then once more forward to the present, and making those dreams come true. It is a happy trip, and she carries the reader with her.
Flying over Australia with friends in recent times she saw a chestnut colt with a blaze running with a mob of brumbies and set her heart on having him. She talked to the owner of the land who agreed she could try to catch him. This involved quite a lot of work, bringing a mob into a corral or yard. However by this time the author had gone off the original colt and decided she wanted a pretty dun filly instead. No, make that two fillies. Company for each other.
The rounding up of a couple of herds of brumbies is the most interesting part of the book and in the yard each stallion kept his mares together.
The author got her two fillies and amazingly for someone with her life, this was the first time she had owned a horse. However the pair were stunted from lack of minerals and protein in their wild diet so started to grow and shed teeth when kept captive and fed. That's as far as the book goes, with the author saying she now doesn't quite know what to do with her two fillies. Well she's never experienced breaking in or properly training a horse, so what did she expect?
Along the way we are told that the author is married to the man who plays Dame Edna Everage, Barry Humphries. They are no longer married; in this book the pair barely spend time in the same room, though amicable; they're just on the move in different directions.
As a horsewoman I was not that impressed with the story and thought how lucky this lady had been and how little she had done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the other reviewers I was really excited at the prospect of this book. The Australian Brumby has been a source of magic for me since reading 'The Silver Brumby' as a child. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2008 by Rachael Bartlett