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National Velvet

Written by Enid Bagnold

Part of the Egmont Modern Classics Series

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LoveReading View on National Velvet

This is the most famous horse racing story ever put into print.  A real exhilarating ride that features Velvet, a girl whose belief in a horse’s ability to win the greatest race – the Grand National – in spite of everyone else’s view otherwise.  Velvet’s determination to achieve her dream just shows that when you put your mind to something you really believe in, you can accomplish just about anything.  This is a must read for any boy or girl aged 9+.


National Velvet Synopsis

A classic story 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 Good Book Guide Review

Fourteen year old Velvet has always longed for a horse. Her whole life revolves around the fantasy of riding and caring for a horse. And then she wins The Piebald in a raffle. From there it's not all that big a step to winning the Grand National. Firmly founded despite its apparent incredibility.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405264181
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Publisher: Egmont Heritage an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781405230315
Publication date: 05/11/2007
Publisher: 9781405230315
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405230315
Publication date: 5th November 2007
Author: Enid Bagnold
Publisher: 9781405230315
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Pony Mad

About Enid Bagnold

Enid Bagnold  (1889-1981) was an author and playwright. Enid Bagnold began her writing career in August 1913 on a magazine entitled, Modern Society, where she was employed a staff writer. In 1924 she published the highly acclaimed novel, The Difficulty of Getting Married followed by the commercially successful National Velvet in 1935. National Velvet told the story of a butcher's daughter, Velvet Brown, who wins a horse in a raffle and, disguised as a boy, rides to victory in the Grand National. It was later made into a hugely successful film, with Elizabeth Taylor in the starring role. Her next novel, which ...

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