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The Silver Brumby

(Silver Brumby #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,557 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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 and cunning to save his herd from capture by ma ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 21st 1982 by Hutchinson (first published 1958)
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Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved these books so much, the writing was good and I was mesmerized by this story of Thowra, a beautiful silver stallion. I plagiarised this book so much when we had to write stories in class whoops. I went through my horse stage because of this book

May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
.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
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Once there was a dark, stormy night in spring …’

On this night, Thowra, the silver brumby is born. His mother Bel Bel, herself a cream colour, knows that Thowra (named for the wind) will be sought by man because of his colour and trains him well.

‘Never go near Man, nor his huts, nor his yards where he fences in cattle and his own tame horse.’

In this, the first book of the Silver Brumby Series, we follow the life of Thowra from birth to legend. He grows from colt to a magnificent stallion, using
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Perfect Musical Pairing: Touch The Sky by Julie Fowlis (from Disney/Pixar's Brave)

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.

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Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-so-long-ago
This whole series was such a vivid childhood favourite for me. I don't think I could bring myself to ever read the books again for that reason... ...more
Ahhh the Silver Brumby who stole my heart all those years ago... I got to reread this classic Australian novel for uni and its made me fall in love all over again... I have had the chance to drive through the Snowy Mountains and it feels like magic when you are there, just how the book by Mitchell describes it in so many ways...
Camilla Chester
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading this book in my 40s has been such a fabulous flashback to my years as a girl when I gobbled up horsey books on a weekly basis.

The wild descriptions were just wonderful and I loved the free feeling of the horses and could really imagine the whole scenes playing out in my minds eye.

It was somewhat spoilt for me as I am a writer myself and couldn't help but cast a writerly eye over the book which is perhaps not fair, but did mean I was screaming out 'where is the story?' at various interva
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ha
Susan Ferguson
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fiction, horses
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
Lisa Grigg
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Chloe Devenish
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So sad to think that this could be based on what actually might have happened in Australia.
Grace Ormerod
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My mum swears she had all of them, but I only found the second one so I bought the first, lost the second, found that and lost book 1, found book one again and have no idea at all what happened to the silver brumby's daughter. Anyway, it's and excellent book. ...more
Lotte Houghton
This was a real childhood favourite of mine and it was so nice revisiting it. It is just basically wild horses running around for 200 pages and the same descriptions tend to repeat throughout; but if you like horses and stories about the wild it's great. ...more
Jessica (novelcravings)
Read it and loved the movie as a kid
Lara Vehar
Years ago when I was younger I remember watching the cartoon called Silver Brumby. So imagine my< surprise when Book depository started recommanding me this book. I didn't know that it existed but I decided to pick it up and give it a shot anyways and... It was allright.

It wasn't bad it was just weird. Horses go from being wild to speaking like humans and almost behaving like humans. There are some intense scenes but Thowra always gets away and you know he is going to get away so there is no re
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
I didn't grow up in Australia so I'm playing catch up with some classics and this is one that's been in my radar for at least a decade, oops.

I'm not quite sure if I'd reach for this one as a child. Mostly because I'm groomed by the family in mystery reads more than anything else. Animal adventures never really featured. So, I was both a bit excited and anxious for this slightly different read.

It is a tale of Thowra, a wild brumby with mane & coat so white, he gleams in the moonlight. Hence, The
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as the reread a childhood favourite part of my book bingo for the year. The five stars are not really an accurate rating for this book, certainly, there are story elements and the writing quality are sometimes much lower than this rating but the five stars are for how much I loved this book twenty years ago and how much I still love it now. A couple of pages in and I was transported right back to horse mad child and teen that I used to be! For me this book is magical, somewhere in th ...more
Jill Smith
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an enchanting book all written from the point of view of the horses. First Bel Bel who gives birth to her foal she names Thowra (the wind) because he was born in the storm. He also had her silver coat and would be hunted by man and horse alike. The whole book is a kaleidoscope of description indulging the reader to feel the Australian high country in its changing seasons. To move as though you are part of the mighty herd.

There is a novella at the end of this story called 'Wild Echos Rin
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very description heavy book, which would make sense considering the subject matter. If you like a slower pace and detailed accounts of scenery and movement then this may appeal to you. While I did enjoy it, I found the depictions of running horses and wildlife to get bland and repetitive after a while. The book bases itself in the realistic life of wild horses so most of the plot lines regard finding food and keeping territory which gets dull after a while. While I can appreciate the realism, ...more
Erinn Gillespie
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my mind , this book is a classic! Rarely do we have a book for this age group written so well and in a more mature frame of mind . I wish that the books now a day didn't not hide the truth of the real wold like this book . There was violence and death in this book , however it was still a compelling read with major character growth . There was pride of freedom and still respect for the villain . Just cant say enough good things about this book . ...more
Yvette Adams
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed The Man From Snowy River by Elyne Mitchell (the book based on the film based on the poem). I found this one was just too horsey for me. But I'm glad to have read it, being an Aussie classic, and set in the Snowy Mountains, not too far from where I live. I've passed the book on to a very horsey friend who can't wait to read it. :) ...more
Johanna Karlsson
Needed a book I could finish in a few days, so I revisited an old childhood favorite.

It was still entertaining, but it's not a litterary masterpiece. The horses has a lot of human behaviors, but it does not bother me because it is a fairytale/legend.

It was nice to visit my old friends in this book.
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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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Silver Brumby (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Silver Brumby's Daughter
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  • Silver Brumby Kingdom
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