Dream of Fair Horses

'In all my life, I had never seen anything as beautiful as this grey pony … 

Gill Caridia and her family are on the move. Gill's father writes the sort of book that literary papers love, but which few people actually buy. And then he writes a detective story that sells so well he buys back the house in the countryside where he grew up. It means change for all the children, but for Gill it means the chance to find horses, and not just horses but to ride at Wembley. But Gill learns that no dream comes without cost. This passionate and vivid story, which takes Gill from the age of 11 to 13, looks at what it really means to own something.

Originally published: 1975

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… the ultimate story of love and loss, of winning and losing. As an adult I was utterly mesmerised by Gill and Perdita’s journey. I laughed and I cried. I yearned for a different outcome, yet by the end I had come to terms with the ending, just as Gill does.

Does the book stand the test of time? Emphatically yes. Leitch’s writing is wryly observant, full of longing and oh so evocative.

More than 40 years on, it still rings with authenticity and feeling. (Master Hamilton)

This is an outstanding book. My favourite pony book of all time (and I have a huge collection). (Ponypals)