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ISBN: 9781760991302
Dimensions: 22.0x17.0cm
Pages: 80
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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The Last Light Horse

Written by Dianne Wolfer
Illustrated by Brian Simmonds

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There were 136,000 Australian horses sent to fight during the First World War. Just one came home. From the high country of Victoria to the desert sand of Egypt, from the waters off Gallipoli to the battlefields of France, this is the extraordinary story of Sandy, the only returning warhorse.

The fourth and final book in the Light series, which began with Lighthouse Girl and includes the CBCA shortlisted Light Horse Boy.


‘… an excellent book to bring into the classroom and is sure to provoke some intriguing class discussion.’ Better Reading

The Last Light Horse does a brilliant job in evoking strong emotions from the reader using many different mediums … This book will be a fantastic addition to libraries everywhere and especially to school libraries when the curriculum looks into the First World War.’ StoryLinks

‘I rated this book five stars out of five because it shows Australia’s perspective of the war and has beautiful illustrations.’ Alphabet Soup

‘Her book is magnificently researched with the evidence of her research forming part of the book’s illustrative documents and photographs. Artist Brian Simmonds has illustrated all four of Dianne’s series and he thrills the reader with his evocative charcoal drawings.’ Corryong Courier

The Last Light Horse, and indeed the other three Light series books, are so important for young readers today.’ HorseWyse Magazine


Crystal Kite Award (Shortlisted 2023)
Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction (Longlisted 2023)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Younger Readers Book of the Year (Notable Book 2023)

Pages: 80
Publication Year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer is an award-winning author. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and was adapted into a stage production by Black Swan State Theatre Company. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), was inspired by a wartime anecdote, has been used as an international peace […]

Brian Simmonds

Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday Times, New Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in […]