National Velvet

National Velvet

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"The book is one that horse lovers of every age cannot fail to enjoy." -- The New York Times
"Humorous, charming, National Velvet is a little masterpiece." -- Time
"Put on your not-to-be-missed list." -- The New Yorker
A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! Let me be the best rider in England!" The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences -- exactly the sort of horse that could win the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.
Richly atmospheric of rural life in England between the World Wars, National Velvet has enchanted generations of readers since its 1935 debut. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream.
Publisher: Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, Inc. [2013]
Edition: Dover edition
Copyright Date: ©1935
ISBN: 9780486492971
Branch Call Number: J BAGNOLD
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 20, 2015

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May 22, 2013

When I first started reading this book, I was expecting a boring classic, but it was very entertaining and amusing. I thought it was strange that Mrs. Brown made Velvet pay her entry in 100 gold sovereigns, but I like the shell box with the little cut out horses in it, that was a nice detail.


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Aug 01, 2015

This was a girl to whom things happened, for in a year she had become an heiress, got a horse for a shilling and won the Grand National.


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