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Meta Mayne Reid (1905–1990) was born in Yorkshire, but lived for much of her life in Crawfordsburn, County Down. She wrote over 20 children’s books, and set her historical novels in Ulster. Her one pony book, The Noguls and the Horse, has a graphic and realistic background, drawn from The Troubles in Ireland: one of its main characters, Clare, is traumatised when she is caught in the blast from a car bomb. Although pony books often reflect social conditions of the day, it is unusual for contemporary events to figure so dramatically.
Finding the book
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Sources and linksM
Dictionary of Ulster biography (link now dead)
The manuscript of The Noguls and the Horse is held by the University of Southern Mississippi, in the de Grummond collection