Classic pony books

Available again

There are 17 titles out now, and coming up are:

December: Joanna Cannan
I Wrote a Pony Book; Gaze at the Moon

January: Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat
Sea Ponies, Ponies & Caravans, The Ponies of Bunts

February: Josephine Pullein-Thompson
All Change, Pony Club Camp, One Day Event

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Book Spotlight

Caroline Akrill
The Showing Omnibus

Available now on pre-order

“I … am always glad to have a little fun and froth in my reading matter that doesn’t take itself too seriously and lifts the heart"  5* Amazon review

“… hilarious characters and crazy but believable incidents. Everyone should meet a pony like Benjamin."  5* Amazon review

All three books of the showing series are now available in one eBook volume: follow the adventures of Caroline and co. from when Caroline arrives at the stables and first meets her cousins, to when disaster hits the family and they have to make a dramatic change of tack.

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Author Jane Badger

Heroines on Horseback

The pony book galloped onto the children’s book scene with a flick of its rosetted bridle, and has remained a fixture ever since. Brave girls and nervous ones, scruffy ponies and ornaments of the show ring cantered through pony tale after pony tale, all fallen upon by an audience desperate to read anything that reflected their own passion for the pony.

Featured Authors

Diana Pullein-Thompson

Like her sisters, Diana Pullein-Thompson (1925–2015) was best known for her pony books. Her first solo pony book was I Wanted a Pony (1946), which followed It Began with Picotee, written with her sisters.

Patricia Leitch

Patricia Leitch (1933–2015) had a varied career,  before she settled down to writing. Thanks to her Jinny series, she is a must-read author if you want to do a serious study of how the pony book genre developed.

Caroline Akrill

Pony book authors don’t tend to do humour: perhaps it’s the undercurrent of morality that underpins most of the genre (you must take proper care of your pony ), but the pony book that makes you laugh out loud is rare.

Marianne Mjelva

Marianne Mjelva is a Norwegian author, who learned to ride when she was right. When she was 10, she wrote in her diary: ‘When I grow up I’m going to be a dog owner, a horse owner and a writer.’ She’s done all of those.

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Seven pony book myths

Seven pony book myths

Lauren Brooke wrote the Heartland series Lauren Brooke is a pseudonym used by three authors: Linda Chapman (whose idea the…

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A few things you might not know about pony books

Black Beauty wasn’t the earliest pony book. The earliest one I’ve found is The Memoirs of Dick, the Little Poney,…

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The flood: pony books in the 1950s

The 1950s saw a massive increase in the number of pony books published. The war was over; rationing was coming…

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And then … pony books in the 1940s

After Joanna Cannan introduced her heroine Jean to the world in A Pony for Jean (1936), she opened the gate to a fresh…

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About Jane Badger

I’m a freelance writer, editor and proof reader. I’ve written Heroines on Horseback (2013), a gallop through the pony book in children’s fiction, and have written the world’s largest website on equine literature.

  • My earliest horse memory is being bitten on the arm by a piebald who lived in the field at the end of our garden. It did not put me off.

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