Since she was a child, devouring stories about ponies, Katherine Roberts has loved reading about horses. Nor was she alone in this passion for the equestrian, which is to be found in classical as well as popular literature.
Writing for emotional survival is familiar; writing for physical survival less so. Yet the physical act of writing raised Sara Coleridge from her sickbed, reassures Hilary Mantel, comforts Laura Hillenbrand and, during a recent medical crisis, kept Katharine Grant ‘threaded to the world’. Never mind words, the act of writing is medicine.