Like the UK and America, Australia has produced its share of fine pony book writing.
The best known author outside (and probably inside) Australia is Elyne Mitchell,
whose Silver Brumby series is still sought after throughout the English speaking
Many Australian pony books are set in the outbacfk and on large sheep stations. For
reasons of geography, the gymkhana would have been difficult so these stories (Anne
Farrell’s Gift Wrapped Pony, and Joan Phipson’s Boundary Riders amongst others) are
about life on ponies at home; but then home covered several thousand acres.
Below is a listing of Australian authors: If you have information about the authors,
or photographs of their books, or suggestions of other authors who could be included,
I’d love to hear from you.
I am indebted to AustLit, the Australian Literature Resource, for much of the information
in this section, and to Hannah Fleetwood for many of the pictures. Danyele Foster
has also done a sterling job filling in gaps in bibliographical information, pictures
and blurbs, and Cherie Goninon is always very generous in sending over pictures of
things I don’t have.