A beautiful, compassionate book highlighting the mistreatment of horses. This was quite a ground-breaking book in the 19th Century, and was helpful in pushing forward the rights of animals. It was the century where the rights of animals started to be considered, though great men, like Hogarth and Cowper, had not been slow in condemning animal cruelty in Britain in their time.

'Black Beauty' is an instructive novel in a non-sanctimonious sort of way, which tells of the good and bad people Black Beauty meets, and of his friendship with other horses such as Ginger.

Black Beauty is the narrator of the book, but avoids the tweeness which similarly written novels often descend into. It's obviously depressing in parts, and sometimes you wonder if we've moved on at all, but it's one of the top ten books I'd recommend for children.

- Paul Rance/

"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." - ANNA SEWELL, author of 'Black Beauty'.

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