Mollie Hunter (born Maureen Mollie Hunter McIlwraith, 1922–2012) was a Scottish writer whose works were imbued with Scottish mythology, legends and history. She wrote over 20 children’s books, and won the Carnegie Medal in 1975 for The Stronghold, a story of life and death in a prehistoric Orkney broch. She wasn’t a horse story writer by any means, but the water horse, or kelpie, has its own niche in Scottish folklore, and it appears in The Kelpie’s Pearls (1964), one of Hunter’s best known stories. There is an element of horse in several of her other books: the Grollican enchants a filly in The Wicked One, and a young boy sets out to capture a unicorn in The Day of the Unicorn.
The Kelpie’s Pearls, much republished, is to be published by Merchiston Publishing, as part of the Msc in Publishing offered at Edinburgh Napier University.
Finding the books
Reasonably easy to find.
Bibliography: pony books only
The Kelpie’s Pearls, Blackie, London, 1964, 107 pp, illus Charles Keeping
Funk & Wagnalls, 1966 (same cover as UK edition)
Puffin Books, Harmondsworth, 1973, illus Charles Keeping
Harper & Row, New York, 1977, 134 pp, illus Stephen Gammell
Hamilton, London, 1983, 107 pp, illus Charles Keeping
Chivers, Large Print, 1988, 168 pp
Mammoth, 1990, pb
Floris Books, 1993
The Wicked One, Hamilton, London, 1977, 136 pp.
As The Wicked One – a Story of Suspense, Harper & Row, New York, 1977, 136 pp.
Methuen, London, 1985, pb
The Day of the Unicorn, HarperCollins, New York, 1994, 59 pp, illus Donna Diamond