Classic pony books

Available again

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

  • June: Josephine Pullein-Thompson
    Six Ponies, The Radney Riding Club and Pony Club Team
  • September: Patience McElwee
    Match Pair, Dark Horse and The Merrythoughts

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Book Spotlight

I'd Rather Not Gallop

I think this book is why I still have such a yen to ride sidesaddle. I’d Rather Not Gallop is my favourite of Caroline Akrill’s showing series. Its heroine finds out that her cousins, who run a stud breeding show ponies, have yet another plan for her. She is to ride their new horse sidesaddle. Heroine Caroline has never ridden sidesaddle before, and she’s quite sure she doesn’t want to. But with the aid of the eccentric (and a touch tragic) Mr Marmalade, she does.

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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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Sarah Singleton’s interview with Helen Griffiths

I have little patience with rose-tinted views of one’s youth – although I had, on the whole a very happy…

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The majesty that is the fancy dress class

Yet more delights from Ponies of Britain magazines .... Firstly, you have the exhibit where the humans are definitely bearing…

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Ponies of Britain Magazine

I recently bought volume 8 of the Ponies of Britain magazine, for Autumn 1970, as part of my continuing researches into pony…

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Desert Island Pony Books: Sarah Singleton

I'm delighted to welcome author Sarah Singleton to Desert Island Pony Books. Sarah is the author of Dark Storm, The Stranger, The…

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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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