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Monday 25 November 2013

Review: Beautiful Horses

Horse lovers the world over will tell you there's no such thing as a 'non-beautiful' horse but I have to say, this striking collection of images featuring some of the world's most stunning breeds, is an extra special treat.

Subtitled Portraits of Champion Breeds (yes, equine fanatics, I can hear you whinnying in anticipation) this gorgeously-designed book begins with an introduction in celebration of the unique, defining characteristics of the many breeds.

Author Liz Wright also talks of the historical civilisation of horses, the development of breeds, standards and championship shows, before taking us through a beautifully-photographed gallery of horses from the Shire, Suffolk and Clydesdale, to the Hanoverian, Irish Draft and Exmoor.

Each horse has been captured in a striking studio setting by photographer Andrew Perris, and comes complete with a page outlining the breed's history, features, uses, related breeds, size, and origin and distribution.

In other words--pure heaven for horse aficionados.

A delightful end chapter will particularly entrance younger readers, with scrapbook-style collages on behind-the-scenes at Equifest in Petersborough, UK.

An excellent crossover book both adults and kids will adore.

Title: Beautiful Horses
Author: Liz Wright
Photographer: Andrew Perris
Publisher: Murdoch Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2013
Format: Paperback with flaps
ISBN: 9781743369890
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-Fiction