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K M Grant

K M Grant (Katie M Grant) was brought up in Lancashire, one of a family of seven children, brought up in a large and decaying house on the edge of the Lancashire moors. The house, as old houses do, had its own peculiar ways: the candle that cast a shadow in the shape of a spider, and the dark lump in the corner that could have been the head of their ancestor, Francis Towneley, executed in 1746. K M Grant and her sisters told each other stories to explain the house’s oddities.


Their ponies were not so Gothic. Her first pony, a piebald called Mischief, was an escape artist extraordinaire. There was no bolt that could hold him once he decided to go. When she was fourteen, the family went to look at a five year old mare called Miss Muffett. She was wild, and filthy, but they bought her. Once they had her home, they washed her, and underneath the filth was a red mare. She became an Endurance champion, and when she died, aged 30, K M Grant said “we lost something irreplaceable.” Miss Muffett was the inspiration for the red horse Hosanna that appears in her De Granville series. Set during the Crusades, it is the story of Will, Gavin, whom Ellie is supposed to marry, and Will’s red horse, Hosanna. There are three books in the de Granville trilogy, and a connector, set in their castle, Hartslove at the time of the Crimean War.


Finding the books:  still in print, and easy to find secondhand.


Links and sources:

K M Grant’s website



De Granville

Blood Red Horse

Green Jasper

Blaze of Silver

Hartslove

Blood Red Horse

Puffin Books, London, 2004, 280 pp.

Walker & Co, New York, 2005, 277 pp.


Hosanna is the blood red horse, Will his owner. Will and his brother Gavin will join King Richard’s
Crusades and fight in the Holy Land.





Bibliography - pony books only

Green Jasper

Puffin Books, London, 2005, 247 pp.

Walker & Co, New York, 2006, 249 pp.


Will and Gavin have survived the Crusades, and have returned to England. But England has
a missing king, and the country is in turmoil.




Blaze of Silver

Puffin Books, London, 2007, 248 pp.

Walker & Co, New York, 2007, 261 pp.


King Richard is being held for ransom in Germany: Kamil is ready to help the de Granvilles
in their quest.




Hartslove

Quercus, London, 2011, 317 pp.

Walker & Co, New York, 2005, 277 pp.


There are seven in the family at Hartslove. They love it, but their father is drinking his family
money away, and then puts Hartslove up for sale. With the only money he has left, he has
bought a horse. His daughter Daisy is determined that the horse will win the Derby and
save Hartslove, but not everyone is on their side.





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