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The Silver Brumby (Silver Brumby Series #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  1,608 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A MODERN CLASSIC ON TAPE Read by Sophie Aldred A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both. Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, is king of the brumbies. But he must defend his herd from the mighty horse, The Brolga, in the most savage of struggles. But that is not the only danger. Thowra needs all his speed ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 21st 1982 by Hutchinson (first published 1958)
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When I was a young girl, any book that featured a horse on the cover would be snapped up - regardless of content. This is how I discovered such gems as My Friend Flicka, Snow Cloud Stallion, and, the best of them, The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell.

It is hard to review a story that was so much a part of my childhood. I read and re-read this book. I plagiarised it shamelessly when I attempted my first stories. I dreamed that I would see Thowra whenever we went out into wild country. To my brothe
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First reviewed on: 7/23/2015

Finished! OMG, I feel so sad now that it's over. I just want to curl up in a hole and die......

Okay, I am sad and I am a little depressed.....but I'll be fine! Once I read it a thousand more times.....

After searching and searching for The Silver Brumby in brand-new condition, I finally found it on Amazon. I'm sorry Barnes &

Don't let the flowery-looking Saddle Club-bait cover of this particular edition fool you. This is xenofiction cut from the same cloth as The Call of the Wild and White Fang, with the only noteworthy difference being (besides the fact that this book is about feral horses in Australia rather than dogs and wolves in Alaska) that the horses speak to one another in actual dialogue.

Big badass feral horses battle each other for kingship, find mates, raise foals, brave the harsh reality of li
.The Silver Brumby was the first book i ever read that belonged to a series, i first read it when i was a horse crazy 9 year old, and was over the moon when i realized there were more books after this one and i didn't have to say goodbye to all the new friends i had made throghout the story...Elyne is an amazing writer, she draws you into this amazing wild and free world...on bush walks i would find myself studying animal tracks the way Thowra would...Great series to grow up with...i dont think ...more
Susan Ferguson
Just finished rereading this - again! I love this story. I first discovered it in my city library when I was just a kid and would recheck it from time to time to read it again. Finally found a copy as an adult at the Tattered Cover in Denver several years back.
I really enjoy this story of an Australian brumby from his birth to his undisputed reign as king of the Cascade brumbies. Thowra is named for the wind, since he will have to be as swift as the wind to escape men, who will want him for his
Ok, I know I'm making myself unpopular here but it would have probably got more stars if I had been a few decades younger than I am but as it is, I really couldn't get into it. Too much 'nodding wisely', too much human behaviour superimposed on animal protagonists, too many statements about herd dynamics/behaviour that is plainly wrong. All of which I would have been blissfully unaware of at, say, eight but just couldn't push aside at a-few-decades-and-then-some older than eight. Shame, really.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sadly, I was never one of those girls who fall in love with horses in elementary school. Apparently, my fourth grade teacher was;that year, she read aloud every Marguerite Henry horse book ever written, to my dismay.

I wish Mrs. McKinnis had read aloud The Silver Brumby. I don't know if it would have had the same effect on me at ten as it did when I read it last month at fifty-six, but suddenly I'm in love with horses. At least Australian horses. Thowra eludes capture time and time again and has
The thing I love most about any Elyne Mitchell book, is the way that no matter which of her books it is, I am so drawn into the story, I feel like I am part of it, that it is happening right infront of me. The sounds, smells, movement, emotion, just everything. Is so real when reading her books.
The Silver Brumby was the first of Elyne Mitchell's books I have read, and since reading it, I began a collection of her Silver Brumby series, and it grows bigger continuously.
I always enjoy reading Mitch
I've decided that by commenting on this book, I'm commenting on all the Brumby books, because my passionate and heartfelt reviews for each one would take me too long.
Growing up on a station amongst horses, I've always loved them. Their majesty and grace and intelligence... Everything. But growing up, I also only read books based in America and England, about dressage and show jumping and all that other stuff I can't relate to.
But then one day, in the middle of a summer storm, I was scrounging th
Ju Transcendancing
I love this book so much, I love it from my childhood when I was first starting to read chapter books. I started reading it aloud to one of my partners a couple of years ago - it took us a while because I moved interstate but it was something we both really looked forward to. I really enjoyed the slow rereading, the sound of the words as I read and making the story come alive for someone else. This is a beautiful book, it's exultant about nature and freedom and wildness, but also family and frie ...more
Lisa Grigg
The Silver Brumby is one of those books were you just want to keep reading it over and over again. In this book Thowra, a creamy palomino horse (described as "silver")is born in a wild, windy and stormy night, for that he is named "Thowra" meaning wind. His mother who is named Bell-Bell knows that great dangers that come ahead to him, so he must know the ways of the Brumby country.

When Thowra is a foal, he is playful and,in a way, cheeky. Thowra plays and grows up with his half brother called St
The Silver Brumby books featured in my early reading days quite a bit. I love horse stories, despite my complete lack of horse knowledge. I've read the books, but I've never been on a horse. Thowra of course, is not for riding, but for the thrill of freedom. This is the first book, and one I haven't read for many years. I owned a book called The Silver Brumby, but have since realized it was a novel of the movie. It wasn't bad, but this book is truly beautiful.

There is poetry in this writing, El
I read this countless times when I was a kid (in fact the entire series), and have just finished reading it to my son. Was really not as well written as I remembered, and so many typos too!, in my early edition! Still my son hopefully caught the Thowra bug.
The Silver Brumby books were my absolute favourite when I was a horse-crazy girl in primary school. I started when I was seven and didn't quite have the same appreciation for reading as I do now. Perhaps the word I mean is dedication, or commitment- I used to skip paragraphs, sometimes whole pages, because I got bored (or more likely, didn't get it). My mum got me the first four books and I kept reading them for years onward (and plagiarising them when I wrote stories). At some point, I suppose ...more
Jemima Pett
A brumby is an Australian wild horse, and this tale by Elyne Mitchell is the first of a series, which as far as I knew was of just four books, this, The Silver Brumby’s Daughter, Silver Brumbies of the South, and Silver Brumby Kingdom. Looking on the internet now, I see there are more – maybe I should read them!

The Silver Brumby of the title is Thowra, a cream-coloured wild horse in the Australian Snowy Mountains, whose coat turns silver in winter. The first book deals with his birth and growing
This novel is as good as I remember it being when I was a child. I don't think it's very often you can say that - usually such books are too simple, less complex and not as appealing to a more well-read adult imagination.

The Silver Brumby has a brilliant mix of description and storyline, bringing the Australian mountains alive. Unlike other books i've read that spend a lot of time describing the environment (Jean Auel comes to mind as number one offender), Mitchell describes just the right ammo
Ailish Daly
This book is about a very rare coloured horse named
Throwa. He becomes the mystical ghost horse
who is always spoken of at the campfires of the drovers
because of his silvery coat that allows him to
disapear in the darkness of the night.

This book is a beautiful story about
horses and how they learnt to live
in the wild as hunted animals and there
techniques in doing so.
Really catchy!
This novel is magical.

I read it as a child, borrowed from a friend. Since then I hadn't seen the novel again, as it's been out of publication for years. I recently picked it up from a bargain bookstore and was pleasantly impressed to see that my positive impression of it wasn't due to my age.

There's something incredibly compelling about Elyne Mitchell's writing. You find yourself engrossed in the story of Thowra before you even realise it. There is no conscious effort to make the reader pictur
Melanie T
I went through that craze as a young lass being horse mad....why I cannot imagine as I fell off every pony I had a chance to sit upon. However, The Silver Brumby series were very special. The part of Australia was something I always wanted to explore.
I love this book. I've watched the animated TV series (petition here Petition for the entire series on DVD) and the live movie but unfortunately never read the book. Then I was at the library a couple of weeks back and decided to browse the children's section as well as the teen section (I'm 21) and found it nestled away and I quickly snapped it up.

I'm just finishing reading it and I must say it is a magnificent book, I love the description of the characters, the description of the land and the
Claire Morley
Love this book. I first read it as a teenager and it was very favourite book. Enjoyed it just as much this time round and I'm almost 50!!!
This is a really sweet little book that I never read as a child. It tells the story of Thowra, a cream coloured brumby born in the outback that is coveted by any man who sees him. Growing up wild and independent, he learns how to survive and hide, leaving no tracks and disappearing into his hidden valley whenever he is threatened. He creates a legend both amongst the men of the bush and the animals that he shares it with. Fighting The Brolga, the stallion that killed his own father, he becomes t ...more
4 stars because I liked the ending. The book overall was good too but sometimes seemed to get a bit repetitive.
Emily Becker
My Dad bought this for me when I was a kid, and I loved it. Elyne Mitchell was an AMAZING writer who made you feel a part of the story, even if you were just a kid on a couch and not a majestical Silver Stallion thundering through the beautiful wild Snowy Mountains. May Thowra run wild and free forever :D
I read this as a child when I was in my "horsey" phase.
Carol Ann
love it every time I read it. a must for all horse lovers.
Monster Fabulous
Nov 26, 2014 Monster Fabulous marked it as to-read
can i read it? or you just showing me cover
As magical as I remember it being!
Cathy Ellen
Recommended to me by a friend due to my insane obsession with anything equestrian-related. A book I would have adored as a child and one I adore as an adult. Set in Australia there are a few terms and turns of phrase I wasn't sure of but it didn't take anything away from this enchanting story. The map at the beginning adds a visual aid to the descriptions of the Brumby country while the glossary at the back explains some of those obscure Aussie terms.

It has reinspired me to get a move on and wri
Beautifully written. I would have loved this book as a child and loved it as an adult! Enjoy!
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Elyne Mitchell is an Australian author best known for her Silver Brumby children's series, which tells the story of brumbies that roamed the Snowy Mountains in the Australian Alps, in particular a pale brumby named Thowra.

In 1988, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to literature, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Charts Sturt University in 1993.
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Other Books in the Series

Silver Brumby Series (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Silver Brumby's Daughter
  • Silver Brumbies of the South
  • Silver Brumby Kingdom
  • Moon Filly
  • Silver Brumby Whirlwind
  • Son of the Whirlwind
  • Silver Brumby, Silver Dingo
  • Dancing Brumby
  • Brumbies Of The Night
  • Dancing Brumby's Rainbow

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