National Velvet (Heritage Classics) (out of print)
Velvet Brown is a 14 year old girl living in small coastal village in the 1920s. She dreams of owning and training horses one day. When her and her friend Mi see a piebald horse jump a five foot fence, they decide to follow Velvet's dream to ride in the Grand National. But will Velvet be allowed to ride in the race? And can The Pie really win the most prestigious prize in all of steeplechasing? A horse-racing classic, National Velvet has entertained generations of horse lovers with dreams of riding in races themselves.
Enid Bagnold was born in Kent in 1889. Brought up in Jamaica, she later went to art school in London. She served as a nurse and a driver in the First World War. She married Sir Roderick Jones in 1920 and moved with him to Rottingdean in Sussex. A keen horsewoman, she wrote National Velvet the story of Velvet Brown, the girl who rides in the Grand National, in 1935. The author of poetry, plays and novels for children and adults, she died in 1981.