Anne Brooksbank

Australian author and screenwriter. Born in Melbourne in 1943. She studied English and Art and received an M.A. from Melbourne University. She has written a few novels for both children and adults but is best known as a prolific scriptwriter. She has written for many popular Australian TV shows such as Home and Away and A Country Practice, as well as a number of movie scripts. Her one foray into equine territory began when writing the script for the movie Archer, about a young lad and a horse who walked many miles to compete in the first Melbourne Cup in 1861. She then wrote a young adult novel to tie in with the film.

Horse & Pony Books:

SUMMARY: Film tie-in, based on the film of the same name which was also written by the author. Based to some extent on a true story of the first ever Melbourne Cup and the racehorse who went on to win it. (Although the central premise that the horse and an apprentice jockey walked all the way to Melbourne to compete in the race is now thought to be a load of codswallop!)

Collector's Info:
Paperback original. Can be found in Australia but hard to track down elsewhere.