National Velvet

National Velvet

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Enid Bagnold

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  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405230312
  • ISBN 13: 9781405230315
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 97,353

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The most famous and loved racing story of all time. National Velvet is a classic tale of dreams, ambition and one girl's belief in a horse. 'Velvet'll sit on a horse like a shadow and breathe her soul into it ...I never seen such a creature on a horse.' Velvet is mad about horses. When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she knows he's something special. His heart is as big as the five-foot fences he jumps, and he'll do anything for Velvet. Soon, she and her friend Mi have their sights set on the biggest race in England. But can a girl win the Grand National? The book that inspired the classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, National Velvet is a true classic of print and screen. Alongside Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka it is one of the great horse books for children.

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Enid Bagnold was born in 1889 and was mostly brought up in Jamaica. She was a nurse and a driver in France during World War I. She married the chairman of Reuters and they lived in Sussex, where she is buried. Enid Bagnold wrote poems, novels and plays, the most famous of which is The Chalk Garden. National Velvet is her most well-known novel, and remains much-loved to this day.

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By Lyndel Hadley 08 Aug 2010 5

This book is a classic, but not one like what it is made out to be. It is more like an old-fashioned quivalent of the modern Little Miss Sunshine film than anything else. It is full of surprises, delights, little laughs and sighs. I adore it with every fibre of my being. It's so real - like looking in on a fully-disfunctional family through the bathroom window. Honest and unafraid. An real experience. It's like a movie on paper - beautifully flowing and real.