Talk and signing with Celia Brayfield - 20/7/23

Talk and signing with Celia Brayfield - 20/7/23

'Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty is one of the most famous standalone books of its kind… as Celia Brayfield shows in this thoughtful and absorbing story, it became a powerful weapon in the campaign to teach people to be kind to animals at a time when cruelty toward them was endemic.' - Helen Rappaport

Black Beauty is a novel that changed our world. Intended to ‘induce kindness’ in a Victorian audience who relied on horses for transport, travel and power, it remains a dearly loved children’s classic. Writing Black Beauty is the story of the remarkable woman who wrote this phenomenal book.

Born in 1820 to a young Quaker couple, Anna Sewell grew up in poverty in London. She was 14 when she fell and injured her ankle, leaving her permanently disabled. Rejecting the limitations that Victorian society forced on disabled people, she developed an extraordinary empathy with horses, learning to ride side-saddle and drive a small carriage.

Rebellious and independent-minded, Anna left the Quaker movement as a young woman but remained close friends with the women writers and abolitionists who had been empowered by its liberal principles. It was not until she became terminally ill, aged 51, that she wrote her own book. It was published in 1877, but Anna tragically died just five months later.

Thursday, 20th July 2023 at Winstone's Books, Sherborne, 6.30 for 7pm start.
Free event

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