Diana Pullein-Thompson: A Pony to School

A reissue of the classic 1950s pony story where two girls take on Clown, a pony who needs schooling, and find that his owner hasn’t been entirely honest about the pony’s little problems. Skewbald Clown looks like the perfect pony, and at first everything goes well. And then the girls ask Clown to do something he doesn’t want to do.

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

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Joanna Cannan: Gaze at the Moon

Dinah and her family are moving from the country to the town, to a house that has mod-cons but nowhere to walk that smells of the woods and where you can see fields. But Dinah carries on painting, and even finds somewhere she can ride. How Dinah forges her own path makes this a story that is just as involving as when it was first published in 1957.

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Joanna Cannan: I Wrote a Pony Book

Alison is at boarding school. When her English teacher sarcastically suggests she writes a book, Alison does. Writing a book is tough, particularly when you are at school, and the people you thought were friends turn out not to be. But Alison is a true Cannan heroine. She goes her own way, and she works to achieve what she wants.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: One Day Event

Mrs Van Cutler’s opinion is worth having, says the Major to his nephew, Henry. But Mrs Van Cutler did not like Henry’s dressage test, not at all. Major Holbrooke offers to do a course for Henry and the Pony Club to improve their generally dismal performances, but it will be an eventing course and not just dressage. And at the end, there will be a One Day Event.

The paperback has all the original Sheila Rose illustrations; the eBook is not illustrated.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Camp

The last glorious swansong of the West Barsetshire Pony Club sees the Major run a camp for the Pony Club members. Noel and Henry have now left school and have returned as instructors to deal with the loose and the runaway, and that’s just the ponies. The Pony Club members are even worse. Pony Club Camp is filled with extraordinarily vivid characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book. And it ends on a note that has tantalised readers ever since the book was published.

Originally published: 1957

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Team

Major Holbrooke’s friends challenge him to prove that the West Barsetshire Pony Club can improve. The only way of making sure that they do is by taking them back to basics and running a course for them: it’s dressage all the way. Nothing runs smoothly, of course, and when the Major’s nephew, Henry, arrives, sparks fly.

This edition uses the full first edition text: the paperback editions were cut. The paperback includes all the beautiful original Sheila Rose drawings.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Prince among Ponies

Adonis was so beautiful he must surely be a prince among ponies… But he is not. At least, that’s what Sara and Patrick are told when they go to visit the Merrimans, who own Adonis. The pony spends his life in a field, but Patrick and Sara are convinced that he is not the rogue he is painted. The only way they can think of to rehabilitate Adonis without horrifying every adult around is to ride him in secret, and that brings its own problems.

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

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Show Jumping Secret

Charles has had polio, which has left him with a damaged leg. Riding, he is told, will help. Charles finds his cousins have radically different views to his on how to ride. Fortunately, hefinds a riding school which teaches him a better way, and at the riding school he finds the grey mare, Secret. Can Charles and Secret overcome their problems and enter the Foxhunter show jumping classes?

Originally published: 1955

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: The Radney Riding Club

Henry is in despair. His new horse, Evening Echo, is not going well. It is cold comfort that none of the other local riders seem to be any better. Henry decides he’ll start a riding club, and with the help of Noel, that’s what he does. Can the club manage to learn something and compete at a local one day event?

Like the other books in the series, The Radney Riding Club was cut when it appeared in paperback. The Jane Badger Books editions use the full first edition text, with the paperback having all the original Sheila Rose illustrations.

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Judith M Berrisford: The Cats of Winkle Bay

Marmaduke is a young and enthusiastic kitten who has made his way to Winkle Bay. There are many cats in Winkle Bay already, and not all of them have Marmaduke’s best interests at heart. Marmaduke wants to find his place in the world, and decides that it will be as a ship cat, but that doesn’t go as planned. Will he ever find a proper home?

The Cats of Winkle Bay was originally published in the 1950s, and has become very rare.

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Judith M Berrisford: The Far-From-Home Cats

Marmaduke and his friends are wandering around Winkle Bay one day when they see a removal van. Could there be mice? Is it worth investigating? In they go, but then the door is closed, and that cats are whisked away, miles from Winkle Bay. Can they find their way back? They have a lot to contend with, from cat thieves to cars.

This is the sequel to The Cats from Winkle Bay, and was originally published in the 1950s. It’s even harder to find than the first book, so we’re delighted to bring this charming cat story back for a new audience.

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Patience McElwee: Dark Horse

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