Friday, January 27, 2012

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

This interesting bit of news came in today and I thought I'd share it with you. As you probably know, Michael Morpurgo's beautiful book War Horse has now been made into a feature film and is out in the cinema now... and the play is having a brilliant run in the West End, as well.
(Now for the interesting bit...) In the past two weeks since the films opening, War Horse (the book has sold more copies in the UK than it has since it was first published 25 years ago! Pulisher, Egmont Press, says that in the last fortnight, War Horse has sold 30,000 copies per week in the UK; whereas it has sold 50,000 copies total worldwide between 1982 and 2007 (when the stage play opened) creating an average sales rate of 2000 per year in that time period. Staggering!
War Horse is the story of Joey, a farm horse, told from his perspective. Joey gets separated from his owner and ends up in the trenches during World War I. War Horse is a true classic and if you haven't read it yet, please take the time to do so now. (The film is wonderful as well, but differs from the book in it's telling of the story.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16750325

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