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The Diddakoi

Macmillan, London, 1972, pp

Viking Press, New York, 1972

Puffin, 1975, reprinted 1976. 140 pp.

Macmillan, pb, 1994


The horse content in this if fairly minimal, but it is an
excellent read. Kizzy lives with her grandmother in their
wagon in the Admiral’s orchard, but then her grandmother
dies. What happens to seven year old Kizzy is then up
for grabs: her family don’t want her, and although the
Admiral takes her in, that’s not
considered “suitable” by some. Kizzy
is eventually taken in by Miss Brooke,
and then there begins a struggle
for them both. Kizzy is horribly bullied
by the local girls, which does not
help, but eventually she and the village
come to understand one another.



Mr McFadden’s Hallowe’en

Macmillan, London, 1975, 150 pp, illus Anne Strugnell

Viking Press, New York, 1975

Penguin, 1977, pb
Piper, London, 1991, 150pp. Pb.


"A novel about life on the Scottish Border that concerns
an inheritance, a small pony named Haggis, a
cantankerous but kindly old man and an abandoned boy."

Operation Sippacik

Macmillan, London, 1969, 96pp. Illus Capt James Bryan

Viking, New York, 1969

As A Reader’s Digest Condensed Book, 1970

Corgi, pb, 1971

The Rocking Horse Secret

Macmillan, London, 1977, illus Juliet Stanwell Smith, 87 pp.

Puffin Books, 1979, pb, illus Juliet Stanwell Smith, 89 pp.

The Dark Horse

Macmillan, London, 1981, 202pp (left)

Viking, New York, 1982, cover Eugene Schongut (right)
Chivers, 1982 - large print

Methuen, pb, 1983

Virago, London,pb, 2014


Dark Invader is an English race horse. He is bought by
a spoiled owner who loses interest in the horse after he
does badly following his initial success. The horse is put
up for sale,and is bought by a wealthy businessman living
in India. There, the horse meets with far better luck: his
new owner has the foresight to employ Dark Invader’s groom; the person who truly understood him,
and he is placed with a trainer who is prepared to tread the unorthodox path. In the same
neighbourhood is a convent, who work constantly to provide for the city’s poor. Central to their
efforts is their aged but valiant horse, Solomon, who works every night with the sisters, collecting
the food they are donated. As Dark Invader’s star rises, his groom, Ted’s, seems as if it will wane,
and after Solomon dies, Dark Invader’s future and the Convent’s become inextricably linked.