The Amateur Horsedealers

A family hit on horsedealing as the way out of their financial misfortunes.

Publishing history
1951, Gryphon Books, 216pp, illus Lionel Edwards

I do like this book. The family in question hit slightly hard times (though in the best traditions of penniless families in books of this period, they still manage to maintain a large house with staff, and a few horses). But I digress. In order to keep things going as they are, their father, whose regiment is downsizing, decides to go into horsedealing. The children are delighted, but their grandmother appalled, at least until the parents go horsehunting, when her true colours are revealed and she goes with the children to an auction to make sure they do not buy a dud. The grandmother is a wonderful creation.














Pamela Macgregor-Morris