The Silk Purse

Poor Gillian. She loves her unlovely pony Tommy, but Gillian’s Mama has Ambitions in the Show Ring, and so Gillian must give him up.

Publishing history
Cassell 1953, illus Anne Bullen
As a short story (The Sow’s Ear) in Ponies of Britain Magazine
As an extract in The Horse Lover’s Leisure Book, Purnell, 1968

Poor Gillian. She loves her unlovely pony Tommy, but Gillian’s mama has Ambitions in the Show Ring, and so Gillian must give him up and have a show pony so she can beat her rival, Phoebe Cheetham. The sow’s ear that is Tommy does eventually turn into a silk purse once Gillian’s mama realises that the show ring is not everything.

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Glenda Spooner