Search - List of Books by Elyne Mitchell

Elyne Mitchell, OAM (born Sibyl Elyne Chauvel on 30 December 1913 Melbourne, Victoria - died 4 March 2002 Corryong, Victoria) was an Australian author noted for the Silver Brumby series of children's novels. Set in the Snowy Mountains area of the Australian Alps around Mount Kosciuszko in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria, the books recount the life of the pale palomino brumby stallion Thowra from his birth in The Silver Brumby (first published 1958) to Silver Brumby Whirlwind. The Silver Brumby was the basis of a film of the same name in 1993 starring Caroline Goodall as Mitchell and Russell Crowe as The Man. This film was also released under the title The Silver Stallion: King of the Wild. There is also a children's cartoon TV series of the same name, which uses some character names, but at best is only a very loose adaptation of the books. Elyne Mitchell's other works of fiction are also set in the Snowy Mountains around Thredbo and the Cascade Hut and are popularno by brumbies and other animals, native and feral. The brumby stories generally intersect geographically or thematically with the Silver Brumby books and various characters from the Silver Brumby books may appear in the others.

Her novels describe eastern Australian terrain and wildlife in considerable detail. She was part of a wave of nationalist Australian writing in that gathered strength in the late 1930s and 1940s and her work is generally described as having a landscape aesthetic. Although the horses and other animals in her books speak to each other, they are not anthropomorphic and particularly in the first two Silver Brumby books, otherwise behave naturally.

Her nonfiction works draw on family history and culture. Elyne Mitchell was the daughter of General Sir Henry George Chauvel, who was the commander of the ANZAC Mounted Division Light Horse and Desert Mounted Corps in World War I famous for the charge at Beersheba.

She was educated at St Catherine's School, Toorak. She married lawyer, and later parliamentarian, Thomas Walter Mitchell, and moved with him to the mountains. He taught her to ski, and they had four children - Walter Harry, John, Honnor, and Indi. According to an interview with Tom Wright, the "Silver Brumby" series arose from Mrs Mitchell's difficulties in finding suitable reading material for her daughter Indi, then 10 and being raised in some isolation on the Mitchell family property Towong Hill, a remote cattle station in the Snowy Mountains. Elyne Mitchell was a keen skier and horsewoman - in 1938 she won the Canadian downhill skiing championship, and according to Tom Wright, in 1941 she became the first woman to descend on skis the entire western face of the Snowy Mountains.

Mrs Mitchell was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1988 and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Charles Sturt University in 1993.

Bibliography   more �

This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article "Elyne Mitchell", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
Total Books: 75
The Silver Brumby
2013 - The Silver Brumby (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781743156339
ISBN-10: 1743156332
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

Silver Brumby's Daughter
2013 - Silver Brumby's Daughter (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781743156346
ISBN-10: 1743156340
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

On the Trail of the Silver Brumby
2012 - On the Trail of the Silver Brumby (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780732294298
ISBN-10: 0732294290
Genre: History

Silver Brumby
2011 - Silver Brumby [Essential Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780007425204
ISBN-10: 0007425201
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult

Silver Brumbies of the South
2006 - Silver Brumbies of the South (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781740938938
ISBN-10: 1740938933
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult, Children's Fiction

Silver Brumby's Daughter Library Edition
The Silver Brumby and Wild Echoes Ringing
2003 - The Silver Brumby and Wild Echoes Ringing (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780207198625
ISBN-10: 0207198624

The Silver Brumby Son of the whirlwind
2000 - The Silver Brumby Son of the Whirlwind (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780207197055
ISBN-10: 0207197059
Genre: Children's Books

1999 - The Thousandth Brumby [A Brumby Story] (Paperback)
Brumbies of the Night
1996 - Brumbies of the Night [Silver Brumby] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780207190834
ISBN-10: 0207190836
Genre: Children's Books

Dancing Brumby
1995 - Dancing Brumby (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780207189173
ISBN-10: 020718917X
Genre: Children's Books

Silver Brumby Stories Omnibus
1993 - Silver Brumby Stories Omnibus [SB Kingdom, SB Whilrwind, Son of the Whirlwind - Vol 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780261662513
ISBN-10: 0261662511

The Man from Snowy River
1988 - The Man From Snowy River [Eden Paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780207158711
ISBN-10: 0207158711
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Light Horse - The Story of Australia's Mounted Troops
1987 - Light Horse - the Story of Australia's Mounted Troops (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780725103897
ISBN-10: 0725103892

Silver Brumbys Daughter
1986 - Silver Brumbys Daughter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780583300681
ISBN-10: 0583300685
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

Chauvel Country
1983 - Chauvel Country (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780333356364
ISBN-10: 0333356365

Brumby Racer
1981 - Brumby Racer (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091375607
ISBN-10: 0091375606

Snowy River Brumby
1981 - Snowy River Brumby (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780091439408
ISBN-10: 009143940X
Genre: Children's Books

Light Horse
1978 - Light Horse (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780333251416
ISBN-10: 0333251415

Jinki Dingo of the Snows
1970 - Jinki Dingo of the Snows (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780090976607
ISBN-10: 0090976606

The Silver Brumby Stories Silver brumby  Silver Brumby's Daughter  Silver Brumbies of the South
Winged Skis
Winged Skis (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780090702015
ISBN-10: 0090702018