Ponies, ponies, ponies
The Island of Horses
Faber & Faber, London, 1956, illus Richard Kennedy, reprinted 1963
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1957
Penguin, pb, 1976, illus Richard Kennedy
Faber & Faber, pb, 1991, illus Richard Kennedy
New York Review Children’s Collection, New York, 2004
Two boys and a deserted island, a herd of wild horses, and a
gang of desperate men: this is an excellent read, with a vivid
sense of the tensions between different Irish communities, and
a wonderful portrayal of a harsh offshore island and a whole
melting pot of characters, good and bad.
Eilís Dillon (1920-
Finding the books: The Horse Fancier can be difficult to find (watch out for mad prices on Amazon) but it does turn up cheaply. The other two titles are easy to find.
Sources and Links:
The Horse Fancier
Macmillan Education, 1985
For younger readers. “A small boy invites a horse home for a plate of cornflakes.
Home is a high-
A Pony and Trap
Hamish Hamilton, 1962, illus Monica Brasier-
In The Antelope Omnibus, 1965
Transworld, London, 1966
For readers aged 8-
Michael knew this, and so did all the other members of the choir.
But how were they to find them?