Category: British authors

  • Henley, Trevor

    Henley, Trevor

    About the author Trevor Henley wrote three children’s books in the 1940s. The first two, Let’s Find Adventure (1947) and Let’s Find Hidden Treasure (1947), were both non-fiction. The publisher, somewhat breathlessly, described Let’s Find Adventure as ‘something entirely new in boys’ books … which makes it possible for the reader actually to live adventure.’…

  • Delgado, Alan

    Delgado, Alan

    About the author Alan Delgado (1909–1983) is probably best known in equestrian circles for his work with the Pony Club Annual, but he also wrote at least one pony book. He was born in London, and most of his working life was spent in publishing and printing. His father, Gershom Delgado, was a director (and…

  • Short story collections (UK)

    Short story collections (UK)

    The books There are a lot of collections of short stories out there. They were convenient presents for those who had a pony-mad person to buy for, but who didn’t know what they liked. The books could be put together easily if you simply went for extracts, dressing the book up further by getting a…

  • Keir, Christine

    Keir, Christine

    About the author Christine Keir was a pseudonym used by Christine Pullein-Thompson. As far as I know, she only wrote one book under this name: The Impossible Horse. This was something of a departure for Christine, as it involved romance, which is possibly why she used a different name for the book. When the book…

  • Challis, Sarah

    Challis, Sarah

    About the author Sarah Challis is the daughter of cinematographer Christopher Challis. She travelled widely as a child, but now lives in Dorset. She writes romantic novels, of which at least one, Jumping to Conclusions, has a basis in the equine world. Finding the bookStill in print, and easy to find. Links and sourcesSarah Challis…

  • Hamilton, C J

    Hamilton, C J

    About the author Catharine Jane Hamilton (1840–1935?) was born in Somerset. Her parents were from Ireland, though her father worked as an Anglican vicar in the Church of England. After his death in 1859, Catharine moved to Ireland, returning to England later in life. She wrote several books for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,…

  • Bullen, Anne

    Bullen, Anne

    About the author Depending on the world you inhabit, Anne Bullen (1913-1963) will be known to you either as an illustrator of pony books, or as the co-owner and founder of the Catherston Stud with her husband Lieutenant Colonel Jack Bullen, but those two Anne Bullens should not be considered separately. Her work breeding ponies…

  • Francis, Dick

    Francis, Dick

    About the author Dick Francis (Richard Stanley Francis, 1920–2010) was the first of the jockeys-turned-author. He was born in Pembrokeshire, and the family moved to Berkshire and Horace Smith’s Holyport stables, where Dick’s father worked. Dick’s schooling happened when he wasn’t riding, which his father considered more important in the general scheme of things. During…

  • Miles, Stella

    Miles, Stella

    About the author Stella Miles was a British author, active in the 1950s and a competent writer of character-based whodunits. She wrote at least four murder mysteries, two of which (Murder at the Arab Stud and Saddled with Murder) have equestrian backgrounds. Whether the other books, Prescription for Murder and Murder Knows No Master have…

  • Francome, John

    Francome, John

    About the author John Francome (b.1952) was a National Hunt Champion Jockey seven times. After retiring as a jockey, he worked as a racing pundit for Channel 4. He has followed the Dick Francis route and taken to writing racing thrillers. The first four of these were written with James MacGregor. The first, Eavesdropper, hasn’t…