The Wild Heart

La Bruja is both blessed and cursed with wonderful speed.

Publishing history
Hutchinson, London, 1963, illus Victor Ambrus
Peacock, London, 1965, 173 pp
Horse and Pony Stories (ed Christine Pullein-Thompson) – extract


Set in South America, where a wild filly is born. She has inherited her grandsire’s incredible speed, and this makes her very desirable to the gauchos. She is hunted, and learns much about man’s cruelty. Eventually she seeks sanctuary in a village church, where the boy Angel cares for her until he is faced with the terrible decision of how the mare will live out her life: wild and free, but hunted, or safe but in captivity?

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Helen Griffiths