Author(s): Zillah Bethell
A gorgeously lyrical journey of discovery across a reimagined Great Britain. Serendipity loves horses. No-one in Lahn Dan has ever seen one, apparently they died out before the Gases - but there are statues of them around the city, paintings and drawings too if you know where to look. And there's the little lost wooden horse Mama gave Serendipity when she was little. When Mama dies, Seren is taken under the wing of Professor Nimbus, a storyteller. Nimbus is kind and knowledgable, but Seren has started to question the Minister's rule and life beyond the high, impenetrable Emm Twenty-Five wall. Hidden among Mama's few possessions was a map which suggests there is life outside of Lahn Dahn, and a place where horses live and roam freely - out beyond the wall and the Minister's grip. So, with the help of a trader boy called Tab and his little dog Mouse, Serendipity heads into the unknown, searching for the beautiful creatures she's always dreamed of. But the Minister is behind them, determined to hunt her down...
A gorgeously lyrical journey of discovery across a re-imagined Great Britain (...) Bethell's first children's book, will raise topics and questions around society, class, environment and power Pembrokeshire Herald, This book would be perfect for the school curriculum, as it covers many thought-provoking topics for discussion, such as the class system, abuse of power, over-reliance on technology and sharing personal information with strangers (...) A Whisper of Horses is a beautiful story The Bookbag Shades of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere colour this fantasy story for middle-grade readers. Alternate worlds, alternative friendships and unconventional families all come together in this lyrical adventure in search of hope and horses booktrust.org
Zillah Bethell was born in a leprosy hospital in Papua New Guinea, spent her childhood barefoot playing in the jungle, and didn't own a pair of shoes until she came to the UK when she was eight. She was educated at Oxford University and now lives in Wales with her family. Zillah has written three adult novels for a small Welsh press. A WHISPER OF HORSES is her first children's book.