Diana Pullein-Thompson: I Wanted a Pony

The classic 1940s story of a girl who wants a pony.

Augusta goes to stay with her three superior cousins. Jill, Barbara and Stephen don’t think much of Augusta, and they let her know it. They think she’s peculiar. And not only that, she is a terrible rider. The cousins have three ponies, but Augusta is never allowed to ride them. Augusta, it is fair to say, dislikes her cousins just as much as they dislike her. Odd she may be, but Augusta is brave and resourceful and that means that one day she is standing at a local horse sale, ready to bid for a pony of her own.

First published in 1946, I Wanted a Pony was Diana Pullein-Thompson’s first solo novel.

Available in eBook and paperback. The paperback has the original Anne Bullen cover and illustrations; the eBook is not illustrated and has a different cover.

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Three Ponies and Shannan

Diana Pullein-Thompson’s classic 1940s pony story looks at the poor-but-noble heroine and the rich-girl-villain, and turns the stereotypes on their heads.

Christina has everything – beautiful ponies, a lovely house, and a groom to look after her beautiful ponies. But Christina has just moved into the lovely house, and the family that lived there before didn’t want to leave. Christina has no friends, and her attempts to make some go disastrously wrong. Together with her Irish wolfhound, Shannan, Christina then goes to a local riding camp, and life changes.

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Joanna Cannan: More Ponies for Jean

It is wartime, and Jean Leslie has had to leave school. Jean comes back from school to a different world, one in which she needs to work to provide for her ponies. After a chance encounter with a child who has been bought a pony she can’t ride, Jean finds herself with a pupil. And so, as more children clamour for tuition, Jean starts a riding school with her friend Judy.

This book was written during World War II, and it reflects the attitudes and laws of the time, when hunting was legal.

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Joanna Cannan: They Bought Her a Pony

Angela Peabody has everything she wants. Absolutely everything. She has only to ask, and its hers. And then she moves to the country and thinks that what she wants is a pony. She gets one of course: Flash, the pony she rides at her smart London riding school. Angela thinks she’s a wonderful rider, but once Flash is away from the riding school, things very soon fall apart.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: I Had Two Ponies

“I don’t want to spend the Easter holidays grooming a beastly muddy pony.” And so Christabel’s father sells her ponies. Christabel gets over it pretty quickly, but then she goes to stay with the Westlakes while her parents are away. She comes to bitterly regret selling her ponies. But will she ever be able to find them again? In a pre-internet age, it’s not easy.

Note: the paperback is fully illustrated, with all the original Anne Bullen drawings. The eBook is not illustrated.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Six Ponies

The Pony Club is presented with six New Forest ponies to break in. How they go about it, and the problems and triumphs they experience, are still just as entertaining and informative as when the book was published over 60 years ago. Six Ponies was Josephine Pullein-Thompson’s first solo novel, and originally appeared in 1946.

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Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat: Ponies and Caravans

Although published during World War II, in this book the only dark clouds are little ones, and they soon blow over. There’s a journey down to Dartmoor to buy some of the best Dartmoor ponies in the country. The charmed world in this book has a particular poignancy when you realise its earliest readers were living a life of rationing, bombing raids and the threat of invasion. Ponies and Carvans must have seemed like a glimpse into another, and kindlier world.

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