The stage play of War Horse –  based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel of the same name – has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Now a movie version, directed by Stephen Spielberg, is being tipped for success at next year’s Oscars even before its scheduled release early in the new year.

So it’s great timing for the release of a book telling the real-life story of one particular War Horse of the 1914-1918 conflict.

Warrior went to war with General Jack Seely – a close friend of young Winston Churchill. He survived many brushes with death and took part in some of the war’s bloodiest battles including the fighting at The Somme and Ypres.  He was one of the lucky ones who came home. Eight million other equines didn’t. Warrior lived to the ripe old age of 33 and his story is recounted in Warrior – The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse.

Much of the book was actually written by Warrior’s owner, General Seely, and first published in 1934. It has now been re-released in a new form and with a new introduction by General Seely’s grandson, the writer and horseracing broadcaster, Brough Scott.

Website for the new book Warrior, a real war horseRead more about the book at the official website – www.warriorwarhorse.com