Biography

Prince, Alison

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub ... I can still write that without having to check it because watching the firemen in Trumpton (Pugh, Pugh etc.) was part of my childhood. And Alison Prince wrote it. She’d become a writer when she was left as a single mother, and met Joan Hickson, mother of two sets of twins whose husband had left after the second set. They decided to write together to make money. The Joe stories, about a boy who lived in a transport café, were the result, and Trumpton followed soon after. Alison Prince has never stopped writing.

She was educated at the Slade School of Art, having resisted her school’s entreaties to apply for Oxford. She trained to be a teacher, and then married, had three children, and found herself in a park, with another mother ...  Tower Block Pony is the one pony book she’s written. It has what is quite possibly a unique storyline; trying to keep a pony in a tower block flat.

Finding the books
Joe and a Horse is on the pricey side: Tower Block Pony is very easy to find, and is, I think, still in print.

Links and sources
Alison Prince’s website

Bibliography: pony books only
Joe and a Horse, and other Stories from Watch with Mother, BBC, London, 1968, 57 pp.

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