Ponies, ponies, ponies
The Pretty Horse-
Hutchinson, London, 1971, 256 pp.
Arrow Paperbacks, London, 1974
Magna, Large Print, 1983, 396 pp.
Various paperback editions
Candida is left penniless, and thinks she will have to sell her black stallion. When a London stable
owner takes the pair on, innocent Candida has no idea what Major Hooper actually intends her
Barbara Cartland (1901-
She sold society gossip to the Daily Express, through which she met Lord Beaverbrook. She started to write romances, and her first, Jigsaw, was published in 1923. In 1927, she married Alexander McCorquodale, and after divorcing him for adultery, married his cousin Hugh McCorquodale. During her career, Barbara Cartland wrote over 700 romances. They were prolifically bought and borrowed: between 1988 to 1994 between 500,000 and 1 million copies of her books were borrowed from British libraries.
In this vast output, at least one had some horsey input: The Pretty Horse-
Barbara Cartland’s book featured a reluctant recruit to the Horsebreaker ranks. I actually had a copy of The Pretty Horsebreakers. It had a horse on the front, and so I assumed in my infant ignorance that it was a pony book. I remember being rather more impressed with Skittles than in the heroine, and being rather mystified at my mother’s never explained reluctance to let me read the book.
Finding the book: reasonably easy to find.
Links and sources
Barbara Cartland’s website
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, John Ezard, 2004
All The Pretty Horsebreakers -