Desert Island Pony Books: Kate Cuthbert
Welcome to the latest episode of Desert Island Pony Books, where my guest is author Kate Cuthbert. As the series goes on, I am finding it fascinating to see why people like the books they've chosen, and if anything it's even more fascinating to find out about the ones they'd leave behind.
Kate is the author of the excellent Hatters series, which is set in a school where riding is on the curriculum. The series is full of sparky and believable characters, and if you're looking for a new series to get your teeth into, I can highly recommend this one. The first book is For the Love of Fly, and it's had (deservedly) excellent reviews on Amazon. The second book will be out soon, and there are three more in the pipeline.
So, welcome Kate – please tell us about your books.
I haven’t yet had time to read Bob Champion’s autobiography, which came out earlier this year. I would like to though, and living alone on an isolated island should provide the spare time to do so. As a child I remember watching the film Champions and being struck by the amazing tale of determination and survival, both human and equine. The story of how jockey, Bob Champion, battled cancer to win the 1981 Grand National is a real fairy tale. The fact that, in addition, his mount, Aldaniti, had overcome a near career ending leg injury to run in the race, provides a story worthy of Hollywood’s finest writers. I couldn’t believe that it was actually true when I watched the film back in the 80s. This part of Champion’s story is interesting enough, but add details of his life since that day and the amazing fund raising work of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and I suspect you have a very worthwhile and inspiring read.
Black Beauty is a story that has stood the test of time and I have nothing but praise for it, so why would I pay not to take it with me? Simple … because it would make me cry, and I’m not really all that keen on crying. There is just one sad, tear-inducing moment after another. I think the cruelty, neglect, illness, injury, farewells etc. etc. (the list goes on) would be too much to deal with whilst also dealing with the emotions of being stranded on a desert island. I think the moment when the chestnut horse is taken away on the cart might just send me over the edge. This scene always caused the biggest blub for me. Beauty believes the dead creature to be his friend, Ginger, although we never actually find this out for certain. The only thing more sad than the thought that Ginger is dead, is the thought that Ginger is alive and still having to endure her miserable, painful life at the hands of humans.
Thank you very much Kate for a wonderfully eclectic selection.