Ponies, ponies, ponies
Bryan Forbes (1926-
International Velvet is a spin off from Enid Bagnold’s National Velvet; with a plot only possible as it took liberties with the original book: Velvet’s Grand National winning horse, The Pie, is a gelding. In International Velvet, he has been magically restored, and is the father of the horse the now grown up Velvet’s niece, Sarah, rides to Olympic glory. The film, despite this, has remained popular. And moving. The last time I watched it was during a prolonged de-
Finding the book: hardback editions can be a little more tricky to find than the paperbacks (which are still very widely available) but they are not particularly expensive.
Sources and links:
Biographical information in International Velvet
William Heinemann Ltd, 1978, 160 pp.
Pan Books Ltd, London, 1978, 160 pp. (left)
Book Club Association, 1978
Nelson Doubleday, New York, 1978 (hb)
Bantam Books, New York, 1978 (pb)
Piccolo, London, 1985, pb, 159 pp.
Mammoth, London, 1993, pb, 159 pp.
Velvet Brown has grown up, and her American niece
Sarah has come to live with her. Velvet’s horse, The Pie,
has had a son. Sarah rides the horse, and develops an
ambition to ride for Britain and win Olympic gold.