Midnight written by Mark Greenwood & Illustrated by Frané Lessac
Published by Walker Books
Based on a true story Mark Greenwood’s extensive research culminated into a heartfelt story about a horse, Midnight and her owner Guy Haydon.
Set at the Bloomfield Station in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. A black as coal mare with a single snow white star on her forehead was born at midnight during 1905. Midnight’s journey would take her overseas to serve in the Australian Light Horse Brigade and participate in one of the last great battle charges in 1917.
Lieutenant Guy Haydon would train his horse and together they would serve with the Australian Army travelling to Cairo. Sadly they were separated when the horses were left behind and troops moved on to Gallipoli but that is not where this story ends.
Filled with twists and turns along the way the pair are reunited in Beersheba in the Middle East.
Some historical retellings can get bogged down with facts and lose the reader along the way. Mark’s strong narrative perfectly partnered with Frané’s gorgeous illustrations compliment this historical retelling. It’s an accurate journey back through time that will leave the reader wanting to know more about Guy Haydon, his Midnight mare and the Australian Light Horse Brigade.
This book will make a great addition to not only a horse lover’s library but also those who enjoy Australian historical stories. Complete with author’s notes on the charge at Beersheba, including a map and pictures of Guy and Midnight at the end of the book help the reader feel at one with this story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Mark Greenwood
Illustrator: Frané Lessac
Publisher: Walker Books
ISBN: 9781921977718 (hardback)
Published: February 2014