May the Horse Live in Me

One of the less than lovely things about writing a book is acknowledging that your favourite lines of enquiry sometimes just don’t fit into the finished product. They are the wildest, most fascinating goose chases, but they just will not bend and be shaped into that book thing you’ve built. They won’t be twined into …

A Chinese Fairytale

During my research for the book I started to wonder if there were any fairytales which featured horses as suitors or husbands to girls – rather in the tradition of Beauty and the Beast et al. I didn’t have the time to pursue this exhaustively, but did find the following story, which is as sinister …