Classic pony books

Available again

There are 14 titles out now, and coming up are:

  • September: Patience McElwee
    Match Pair, Dark Horse and The Merrythoughts

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

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

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Book Spotlight

Josephine Pullein-Thompson
Six Ponies

This book weighs in at around 80k words … which explains why, if you’ve only read the Armada version, you have missed an awful lot of this story. Six Ponies was Josephine Pullein-Thompson’s first solo book, and is a brilliant assembly of thoroughly believable characters allied to solid instruction that is still absolutely relevant today.

Authors A–Z is where you’ll find information on pony book authors: the encyclopaedia part of the site

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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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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The pony book: how it all began

Animal books there were in plenty in the 1800s, but these were animals telling their own story. There were cats,…

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Victoria Eveleigh on Midnight on Lundy

Midnight on Lundy was inspired by several tales of a legendary Lundy pony stallion called Midnight. Lundy is a very special island…

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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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