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Ruth Clarke was brought up in the North Oxfordshire village of Islip with her five siblings. She was a Quaker, and therefore a pacifist, who refused to do war work during World War II, and was fined for it. She had no children of her own, but adopted three, whom she raised on her own. According to her niece, Kate Clarke, she was “always busy, always politically aware , often cycling for miles.” She wrote two books: Bonny the Pony, and Don, Dobbie and Dash. Bonny , published in 1947, was one of  the later examples of a genre that was becoming less popular:  the pony biography.  


Finding the books:  Bonny is easy to find, and not generally expensive.  Don, Dobbie and Dash tends to be expensive, and can be tricky to find with its dustjacket.


Links and sources:

Kate Clarke, the author’s niece

Ruth Clarke

Bonny the Pony

Frederick Warne & Co, London, 1947, illus Stanley Lloyd, 220 pp

Reprinted 1948

Frederick Warne & Co, London, 1959, illus Stanley Lloyd, 159 pp.



The story of an Exmoor pony: Bonny gets his first taste of freedom when he runs away from a cruel
trainer.  He then searches for Ken, whom he loves, and has many adventures on the way, including
saving lives!


Bibliography - pony books only

Don, Dobbie and Dash

Frederick Warne & Co, London, 1950, illus Grace Golden, 190 pp.