National Velvet

By: Bagnold, Enid

Price: $15.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine


Gift quality hardcover illustrated by Paul Brown shows light color loss at sharp tips and spine ends. Hint of soil on foot of page block and solid light blue rear cover. 306 pg text tight and bright. No names, tears or soil inside and no dj as published. Illustrated by one of the finest American equine artists of all time: Paul Brown. National Velvet is the story of a 14-year-old girl named Velvet Brown, who trains and rides her horse, named The Piebald, to victory in the Grand National steeplechase. The novel focuses on the ability of ordinary people, particularly women, to accomplish great things. Velvet is a teenager in the late 1920s, living in a small English coastal village in Sussex, dreaming of one day owning many horses. She is a high-strung, shy, nervous child with a delicate stomach. Her mother is a wise, taciturn woman who was once famous for swimming the English Channel; her father is a butcher. Velvet's best friend is her father's assistant, Mi (Michael) Taylor, whose father - as Mrs. Brown's swimming coach - helped her cross the channel. Mi formerly worked in stables and is familiar with the horse racing world. One day they both watch The Piebald jump over a five-foot-high cobbled fence to escape a field. Mi remarks that "a horse like that'd win the National".[1] Velvet becomes obsessed with winning the horse in an upcoming raffle and riding him to greatness.

Title: National Velvet

Author Name: Bagnold, Enid

Illustrator: Brown, Paul

Categories: HORSE STORIES,

Edition: 19th Printing

Publisher: NY, William Morrow: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: MK46664

Keywords: The Grand National, Steeplechase Racing, Point-to-Point Racing, Riders Up!,