Elvis and Me
How a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescue each other
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A world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescue each other in this inspirational memoir about second chances
After retiring from her position as Head of Music at a prestigious arts college, Gillian Wills buys her first horse on a whim. Elvis is emaciated, emotionally scarred, saddle-phobic and has a bad attitude to boot. Although he was described as ‘perfect for beginners’, Gillian soon discovers there is nothing perfect or standard about him! Leaning to care for the difficult Elvis with the help of a talented ‘horse whisperer’, introduces Gillian to a whole new world where her music skills and knowledge are pushed to the background and daily discussions centre around the weather, colic symptoms, hoof abscesses and how to tell good grass from bad.
As Gillian gradually learns to care for Elvis and restore his broken body and spirit, she also begins healing herself and develops an inner confidence, self-acceptance and strength. She also begins to combine both her music and artistic world with her horse world. Soon she realises that Elvis has not only shown her a new way of understanding herself but a whole new way of living.
‘This Elvis has all the swank, beauty and heartbreak of his namesake. A book for anyone who cares about animals — and music.’ – Kristina Olsson, author of award-winning memoir Boy, Lost
‘This is a dangerous story; it shows how full of joy a life can
become when you are brave enough to follow a passion.’
- Maggie Mackellar, author of When it Rains
Gillian Wills studied piano performance and classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music. She is an honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Music for distinguished services to the music profession. After relocating to Australia from the UK, she lived and worked in Melbourne before moving to Brisbane. Gillian was The Australian’s classical music reviewer for seven years and has been a freelance arts writer for The Courier Mail and a broad variety of other publications. She is a pre-concert speaker for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet, teaches piano at Marist College and is a keyboard examiner for the Australian Music Examination Board. Gillian lives on the outskirts of Brisbane with Elvis, three grey horses, two greyhounds, a duck, goat, cat and her artist husband. To learn more about Gillian and Elvis go to www.facebook.com/pages/Elvis-and-Me-Gillian-Wills and http://www.horsesofgrassdale.com.