The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

Illustrated by Debra McFarlane

Introduced by Jane Shilling

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.


‘I absolutely adored The Little White Horse’

  1. 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

Bound in buckram blocked with a design by the artist

Set in Walbaum

240 pages

Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations

Printed map endpapers

Plain slipcase

9˝ × 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.


You May Also Like

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    Margery Williams

    Illustrated by William Nicholson


    Margery Williams’s affectionate tale of enduring love, The Velveteen Rabbit, has been faithfully reproduced in this beautifully designed new Folio collector’s edition.

  2. The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

    Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold and Maurice Detmold


    This thrilling adventure about a boy learning to survive in the wild continues to hold the world’s imagination. Enchanting tales and poems on the lives and customs of jungle creatures are brought vividly to life with beautiful illustrations by Maurice and Edward J. Detmold.

  3. The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    Dodie Smith

    Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie


    Dodie Smith’s classic children’s tale, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, in a stunning Folio collector’s edition, lavishly illustrated by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie and introduced by Jacqueline Wilson.