Collins, London, 1950, illus Sheila Rose
Brockhampton, Leicester, 1977, jacket Richard Kennedy, no internal illus.
Alison doesn’t much like school, and she is a disappointment to her parents (who wanted a boy) as she is not sporty and cried the one time she was taken shooting. The one thing she does like is riding, and she has a Western Isles pony called Marla. Alison’s English teacher wants essays with her opinions, and not her pupils’, and one day says to Alison “If you know so much, why don’t you write a book yourself, Alison?” And so she does.