The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

Introduced by Jane Shilling
Illustrated by Debra McFarlane

Upon arrival at Moonacre Manor, Maria discovers an enchanted valley where she catches a glimpse of a most unusual horse. So begins a magical adventure that has captivated generations of readers - young and old. Introduced by Jane Shilling and illustrated by Debra McFarlane.

Published price: US$ 57.95


The Little White Horse

'I absolutely adored The Little White Horse'
J. K. Rowling

Maria Merryweather is an orphan, sent to live at Moonacre Manor with her second cousin Sir Benjamin Merryweather. Her only companions are her dyspeptic governess, Miss Heliotrope, and their spoiled spaniel, Wiggins. On arrival at Moonacre, a whole new vista opens up as Maria discovers an enchanted valley whose people await the return of the long-lost Moon Princess. Stranger still are the invisible servants at the manor, the mysterious Men from the Dark Woods, and the far-off glimpse of a most unusual horse …

Production Details

The Little White Horse book

Introduced by Jane Shilling

Illustrated by Debra McFarlane

Bound in buckram

Blocked with a design by Debra McFarlane

Set in Walbaum

240 pages

7 colour illustrations

Book size: 9" x 6¼"

An evocative children's fantasy

First published in 1946, The Little White Horse is a beguiling story for readers of any age. It is full of charming details such as Maria’s circular tower bedroom, the door of which is just too small to admit an adult. There are mouth-watering descriptions of food and drink, from the ‘dainty biscuits with sugar flowers on them’ to a glorious breakfast of sausages, home-cured ham, new-baked bread, honey and cream. Clothing is also lovingly evoked: who could forget Maria’s boots, ‘made of the softest grey leather, sewn with crystal beads round the tops … lined with snow-white lamb’s wool’? Perhaps the most striking passages describe the land around Moonacre, inspired by the author’s beloved West Country.

Elizabeth Goudge was born in 1900 in the cathedral city of Wells. In her affectionate introduction, memoirist and critic Jane Shilling writes that Goudge was ‘part of a golden generation of near-contemporaries’ including Rosemary Sutcliff, Noel Streatfeild and Lucy M. Boston. Goudge’s books have been enduringly popular and remained in print for over half a century. The Little White Horse is her best-known children’s novel, for which she was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1946. Debra McFarlane has contributed exquisitely detailed and delicately coloured illustrations. For the endpapers, she has recreated the original maps by C. Walter Hodges: one showing the whole of the Kingdom of Moonacre, from Paradise Hill to Merryweather Bay, and one showing a plan of Moonacre Manor.


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Review by anon on 25th Mar 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"I hadn't heard of this book until I saw it on the Folio website, but I enjoyed reading the Wizard of Oz so much that I thought I'd give it a try. The book itself is beautiful - the binding and illustr..." [read more]

Review by anon on 21st Jul 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 4/5

"The original edition of this book, with illustrations by C. Walter Hodges, is a hard act to follow but this Folio edition does a pretty good job. The binding is fantastic and and establishes the magi..." [read more]

Review by loryh0907 on 27th May 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"The Folio edition of this magical book would be a wonderful gift for a bookish child -- I know I would have treasured it as a girl. The photo of the binding does not do justice to the detail of the wh..." [read more]

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