Gryphon, 1949, 149pp. illus Lionel Edwards
This snippet is taken from the opening of Lucky Purchase: “… if only she needn’t ever see another pony again, much less have to ride one. The trouble with Jane was that, ever since she could walk, she had had horses rammed down her throat until she was heartily sick and tired of them. Her father was honorary secretary of the West Sussex, her mother was known throughout the county as a bold and straight rider to hounds, and life was just one round of horses – hunting in the winter, showing in the summer, with point-to-point racing and breeding thrown in for good measure. How she hated it all!”
Lucky Purchase is that very rare thing: a pony book about a girl who does not like horses at all. Pamela Macgregor-Morris must have seen many of these poor children, dragged along in the wake of family enthusiasm, without any attention paid to what they actually wanted at all. In the end, Jane does develop a love for horses, but she does it absolutely on her own terms.