Classic pony books
I used to sell vintage pony books, and I was always being asked for titles that you’d either need to wait months to find, or that needed a week’s wages to buy if you could find a copy.
Jane Badger Books is now producing eBooks of classic pony book titles. The first book out is Dream of Fair Horses by Patricia Leitch, and that will be followed by:
- 19 April: Diana Pullein-Thompson
I Wanted a Pony
Three Ponies and Shannan
A Pony to School
- 23 April: Patricia Leitch
The Horse from Black Loch
All available now to pre-order.
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Augusta & Christina series
I Wanted a Pony … it’s the dream of every pony-mad child, and the enternal dilemma of the pony book. Augusta has no pony, and her cousins won’t let her ride theirs. But through grit and imagination, Augusta manages to get her pony. This story of how she does it hasn’t lost any of its wit or charm since it was first published in 1946.
Like her sisters, Diana Pullein-Thompson (1925–2015) was best known for her pony books. Her first solo pony book was I Wanted a Pony (1946), which followed It Began with Picotee, written with her sisters.
Patricia Leitch (1933–2015) had a varied career, before she settled down to writing. Thanks to her Jinny series, she is a must-read author if you want to do a serious study of how the pony book genre developed.
Pony book authors don’t tend to do humour: perhaps it’s the undercurrent of morality that underpins most of the genre (you must take proper care of your pony ), but the pony book that makes you laugh out loud is rare.
Marianne Mjelva is a Norwegian author, who learned to ride when she was right. When she was 10, she wrote in her diary: ‘When I grow up I’m going to be a dog owner, a horse owner and a writer.’ She’s done all of those.
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About Jane Badger
I’m a freelance writer, editor and proof reader. I’ve written Heroines on Horseback (2013), a gallop through the pony book in children’s fiction, and have written the world’s largest website on equine literature.
- My earliest horse memory is being bitten on the arm by a piebald who lived in the field at the end of our garden. It did not put me off.