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ISBN: 9781786750808
HB - 235 x 195mm
Over 20 full colour & 30 b/w Illustrations

Rights available: World
Rights Sold: UK, USA, Can, Aus, NZ, Russia

Market: Children's Classic Fiction

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

This enchanting story of the bravery of a horse in Victorian Britain has captivated and enthralled so many generations of readers. Christian Birmingham’s stunning new colour edition of Anna Sewell’s classic tale is complete and unabridged, and the narrative voice of Black Beauty as fresh as the day the story was first published in 1877.

Step back in time and see the world through Black Beauty’s gentle and patient eyes, as he enjoys the pleasures and the hardships that fell to horses living in the 19th Century. Meet the compassionate heroes and hard-hearted rascals who Beauty encounters during his life and, above all, experience what it is to be a horse – to gallop on the soft grass and to hear a kind word in a moment of great need. It is truly a story you will never forget.

Illustrator Christian Birmingham is the critically acclaimed illustrator of Whitbread Children's Book of the Year The Wreck of the Zanzibar and Smarties Prize winner The Butterfly Lion. He was also shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award and Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. He graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991 with a first-class honours degree in Graphic Design (illustration). He has been passionate about drawing horses since being inspired in his youth by the paintings of Degas, Stubbs and Munnings. This is his first book for Palazzo Editions.

"With really beautiful illustrations, the complete unabridged text of Anna Sewell’s story, first published 140 years ago, is brought vividly back to life in this new colour edition."
Angels & Urchins

"This powerful and enduring story has been brought to new life by a master illustrator."

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