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Description - Black Beauty by Martin Jarvis

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Bravely he works as hard as he can, suffering at the hands of men who treat animals badly. But Black Beauty has an unbreakable spirit and will, and is determined to survive . . . Black Beauty read by Martin Jarvis is one of the seven best-loved classic audiobooks being launched into CD-format.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141808352
ISBN-10: 0141808357
Format: Paperback
(144mm x 122mm x 23mm)
Pages: 3
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Jarvis

Anna Sewell was born in 1820 and lived with her family in Norfolk and then in a village on the outskirts of London. At the age of fourteen Anna injured her ankles in a fall, and was severely disabled for the rest of her life. She had to travel everywhere in horse-drawn carriages, and so Anna was always concerned with the treatment of the animals she so relied upon. She wrote Black Beauty in order to convince a wide audience of the importance of the humane treatment of animals. It is her only novel, and Anna Sewell died shortly after it's publication, little guessing how well-known and widely loved her story would become. Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878) was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. When she was about fourteen, she sprained her ankle and it was treated badly. That, and a bone disease, meant that Anna could never walk properly. In those days, before the car, horses and one's own two feet were the main means of transport. As she couldn't use her feet, Anna began to rely heavily on horses to pull her around in a cart or trap. Soon she grew to love horses and to be appalled by the careless and cruel treatment they often received from humans. In 1871 a doctor told Anna that she had only eighteen months to live. She was very weak but very determined to write a book, 'to induce kindness, sympathy and understanding treatment of horses'. Five years lat

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