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Jean Ure was an early starter: her first book, Dance For Two, was published when she was sixteen. She was born and brought up in London, and went to school in Croydon. She ran away from that school, having decided that as she was going to be an author, there was absolutely no need to go to university. Her headmistress did not agree, called her foolish, and washed her hands of her. Success did not immediately follow Jean’s flight: she did a variety of jobs, anything, she said, that did not require qualifications, until she decided to go to drama school, where she met her partner.
She’s now written over 100 books, which include a series called We Love Animals: an appropriate one considering her house in London is filled with rescue animals. Presumably these don’t include horses, but they have found their way into two of her books: Brave Warrior and Daffy Down Donkey.
Finding the books
Very easy to find.
Bibliography: pony books only
Brave Warrior, Hippo, London, 1998, 158 pp.
Daffy Down Donkey, Hippo, London, 1998, 132 pp.
Barrons Juveniles, 1999