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The Age of the Horse

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About the Author

Susanna Forrest lives in Berlin where she works as a writer and editor. She studied social anthropology at the University of Cambridge.


Praise for THE AGE OF THE HORSE "It's rare that I can recommend horse books that are more than just interesting morsels of history, fantasy, or commentary. Finding a literary horse book, one that is both substantial and presents a staggering use of language, is an impossible task akin to finding a 6-year-old, well-trained, sensible gelding for a reasonable price. Susanna Forrest's The Age of the Horse is just such a miracle, and it is by far one of the best books I've read." --Gretchen Lida, Washington Independent Review of Books "Superb . . . rich in anecdote, allegory and pathos as well as in historical importance . . . full of the sort of detail that gets edited out of more traditional histories." --Economist "In clear, introspective prose that underscores the astonishing depth of her research, Forrest tracks human history through the eyes of our equine companions . . . it is indeed that personal touch, that devotion, that elevates this volume from fascinating history to work of art." --Booklist (starred review) "Many a horse lover would prefer to spend their entire day on the trail or at the race track, with no other human to taint the majesty of the experience. Susanna Forrest goes even further, delivering all of history with a sharp equine focus. Through her fascinating delving she creates a magical world where these exquisite creatures reign supreme." --Elizabeth Mitchell, author of Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing and Libertys Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty "Horses are woven into human history. In some ways horses have made humanity what it is. Here, Susanna Forrest does a wonderful big-picture job of conveying what we have made the horse, what the horse has made us, and how diminished humankind would be without the presence of horses." --Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel "Susanna Forrest is the outstanding writer at the erudite end of horse madness . . . To well-rehearsed facts, she brings new detail . . . for the horse-addicted, a book can get no better than this . . . original, cerebral and from the heart." --Times (UK) "The history of horse-human relations is, and continues to be, a rich and deeply troubling epic. Susanna Forrest has done it admirable justice." --Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins "Susanna Forrest tells the complete story of the horse, from the Mongolian steppes to Victorian coaches and Amish farms, in a book filled with vivid anecdotes and big ideas." --Boria Sax, author of The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature "Forrest covers wide sweeps of history with dexterity and panache." --Literary Review (UK) "Susanna Forrest is the ideal guide for exploring the ancient bond between horses and humans. Deeply personal and impressively researched, The Age of the Horse is a moving tribute." --Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World "With grace, erudition, and keen insight, Susanna Forrest explores our fraught and glorious relationship with the horse . . . she reveals many surprises on the trail." --Deanne Stillman, author of Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West "[Forrest's] passion for the horse leaps from the pages of a book that is a rich fount of knowledge for anyone interested in the innumerable and endlessly fascinating points where horse and human meet." --Times Literary Supplement (UK)

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