Biography

Clarke, Ruth

Ruth Clarke was brought up in the North Oxfordshire village of Islip with her five siblings. She was a Quaker, and therefore a pacifist, who refused to do war work during World War II, and was fined for it. She had no children of her own, but adopted three, whom she raised on her own. According to her niece, Kate Clarke, she was “always busy, always politically aware , often cycling for miles.” She wrote two books: Bonny the Pony, and Don, Dobbie and Dash. Bonny, published in 1947, was one of the later examples of a genre that was becoming less popular: the pony biography.

Finding the books
Bonny is easy to find, and not generally expensive. Don, Dobbie and Dash tends to be expensive, and can be tricky to find with its dustjacket.

Links and sources
Kate Clarke, the author’s niece

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