Over eighty people attended the launch of the first of five novels in the Brumbies series, published by IFWG Publishing (Australia). Brumbies was formally launched by local horseman and former Member of Parliament Peter Cochran at the Raglan Gallery, Cooma, NSW, Australia.
Peter Cochran is descended from a pioneer family that settled in Yaouk in the 1850s on what is now the edge of Kosciusko National Park in the Snowy Mountains. Peter made his first trip across the mountains at eighteen months of age on the pommel of his mother's saddle. Since then, he has been a Vietnam veteran, the Mayor of Cooma and local Federal Member of Parliament. These days, Peter is busy with his family's horse trekking and motel business.
Peter spoke about how the wild horses of Australia came to live in the Snowy Mountains, sharing his experience of their lifestyles in the wild. He claimed that the Brumbies novel captured real life and that the author (Paula Boer) demonstrated an in-depth understanding of horses. Peter hoped that Brumbies would play a significant role in assisting young readers to understand the issues surrounding horses in Australia's natural parks and protect this important part of pioneer heritage.
Paula Boer thanked those people who had helped in the creation of the book, and also presented a copy of the novel to Zoe Bullmore to whom the book is dedicated. Rowena Evans (illustrator) shared the process of developing an illustrated book and how the map of the realistic but fictional environment helped in the creation of this exciting adventure.
The paperback novel is now available in Australia from www.Horsewyse.com.au. The book can also be pre-ordered for delivery after January 1, 2012 direct from the publisher at www.IFWGPublishing.com.
Brumbies will be available worldwide in paperback and e-book formats from online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble from January 1, 2012.
Peter Cochran speaking at the launch of Brumbies
L to R Paula Boer, Peter Cochran, Peter Boer, Rowena Evans
General view of the launch