Paruku The Desert Brumby


Twelve-year-old Rachel is fast outgrowing her first pony. When her father, an equine vet, is offered the job of capturing wild brumbies for the endurance stables of Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, Rachel travels with him into the remote desert landscape of the Kimberley.

Captivated by the wild power and majesty of the young stallion Paruku and his kin, she is torn by the prospect of taking away their freedom. But is there a chance she could keep Paruku for herself?

This moving tale is inspired by the true story of the Kimberley brumbies and their journey to Dubai.

For 9-13 year olds, and anyone who loves horses.

Read more about the real Paruku in the Sydney Morning Herald

Read Reviews

Paruku The Desert Brumby supports the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which provides books and literacy resources to indigenous kids and families in remote communities.


Jesse Blackadder 2015