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Emily Brooks

Emily Brooks is a pseudonym for the authors Penelope Hall and Ann LaFarge. Riding High is a novel aimed at adults, and is set in the 1920s.


Finding the book: findable, but not hugely common. There was a UK printing, but it’s not massively easy to track down.


Links and sources

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.




Bibliography - horse books only

Riding High

Poseidon Press, New York, 1989, 400 pp

Century, London, 1990


Charles "Wirelegs" Manville and Conrad Miles are given graduation gifts of 500 acres of
“scrag land" next to both their families' estates in Edgeville, NY. They compete to win the other’s
stake - he who jumps the most fences in the next 50 years will win all 1000 acres. 50 years later
Wirelegs is terminally ill. His daughter Carlin is unhappy. Conrad is impotent. No one cares about
the bet, but they do care about Wirelegs’ will.