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."
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.