Walker, Elaine

About the author

Elaine Walker is a writer of fiction, poetry and non fiction. She owns Appaloosas, rides Western and keeps her horses barefoot. And she is also lead singer of a rock band called Two Suns. She writes on and researches equine culture, and her particular interest is William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, about whom she has written To Amaze the People… for the Long Riders’ Guild Press. Under this guise, she has been a consultant for English Heritage, ITV, the Historic Royal Palaces Commission and the Royal Armouries, and a guest reviewer for The Times Higher Education Supplement.

Her one fictional work involving horses (so far) is The Horses. If you have any liking at all for post-Apocalyptic fiction, this will be right up your street. It is an intensely involving book, and out of all the books I have reviewed, contains some of the images that have stayed with me the longest.

Finding the books
Still in print. If you can’t find them, they are available direct from the author.

Links and sources
Elaine Walker’s website


The Horses
Cinnamon Press, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2010, 239 pp.
Read my review

An excellent post Apocalyptic story, in which a family who have been holidaying in remote Scotlandfind that everyone living in a centre of population is dead. The family are trying to survive on a Scottish farmstead, but life is desperately difficult, particularly when the family’s father dies. And then the horses come…


(Non fiction)
Reaktion Books, London, 2008, 215 pp.

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An intriguing and involving look at the horse’s relationship with man.

‘To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight’: The horsemanship manuals of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle

The Long Riders’ Guild Press, 2011

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An exploration of how Newcastle’s horsemanship manuals reflect him as a man, and how his methods are relevant today.