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Horses in the Valley

OUP, 1941, illus Stanley Lloyd

Transworld, Scottie, London, 1955, pb

This is a story about the horses in the valley at Honeyvale: Bear the black
Shetland, Colonel the bay hunter, and a chestnut filly called Katharina. Told
from the point of view of the horses, we hear their conversations with each
other. Mrs Grantoun and her daughter Ann have come to stay while the
owners, Major and Mrs Farringdon are away. Then the Major decides to sell
Colonel and Katharina. Mrs Grantoun buys Katharina, hoping to make money
out of her as a successful racehorse. Colonel is sold, but then bought back
by a rather unexpected buyer, and Katharine of course wins.

The Horse from India

Frederick Muller, 1944, illus Stanley Lloyd

Richard West’s parents are in India, and he is living with his aunt in Leamington Spa. He then goes
away to school, accompanied by the wooden horse his parents send him from India. Richard
decides his future is as a jockey, and he runs away from school to be one. The horse becomes a
sort of talisman as Richard learns how to be a jockey. He enters into a rivalry with Geordie Hollis,
another would-be jockey, and in the end, the horse has to be sold to pay a ransom after his parents
are kidnapped. Geordie and Richard go on their with their careers together.

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