Anna Sewell (1820-78) was born in Great Yarmouth. She was an invalid for most of her life, following an accident when she was fourteen. Unable to walk properly, she grew to rely on, and to love, the horses which took her around in a cart or trap; a love which moved her to write her only novel. Black Beauty was published only a few months before Anna Sewell's death so, sadly, she was never to learn of it's amazing success. Ian Andrew is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, where he studied Animation. He has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, including Oliver Twist and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Dorling Kindersley), and has a particular talent for bring animal characters to life.