Anne Farrell also writes under the name Anne Heazlewood. She was born on 24 June, 1954, in Latrobe, Tasmania. She was one of several authors the paperback arm of Hodder & Stoughton, Knight books, picked up in the 1970s in the UK. Knight picked their pony books very well, as Farrell's The Gift-Wrapped Pony, and Mavis Thorpe-Clark’s The Pony from Tarella, which they also published, are both excellent reads. Alas, no more books from the Guara series, from which The Gift-Wrapped Pony comes, were published in the UK.
The Mitchell family are the heroes of the Guara books, and the first book of the series opens with their pony, devoted escapologist, grey Arum being found in the hay field. She has learned how to open the pony paddock gate, but Mr Mitchell is not impressed with this cleverness, and threatens to sell Arum if she carries on her wicked ways.
Finding the books
All the books of the series are easy to find.
Links and sources
Many thanks to Danyele Foster and Konstanze Allsopp for their help with the the pictures.