This page aims to give you a survey of other sites out there on horse and pony books.
Slowly, there are more sites and blogs appearing, and there’s also a small surge
(can you have a small surge?) - an increase, anyway, in publishers reissuing pony
book classics. For more on what’s current in the horse and pony book world, I have
an entire section on it here, a page on the latest news here, and review books regularly
on my blog.
Jane Badger Books
Publishers of pony books
The major publishing houses have their Heartlands etc, but these independent publishers
are republishing classic horse and pony books:
Fidra Books: an Edinburgh based publisher (or should that be re-publishers) of
Cumming, Josephine Pullein-Thompson, K M Peyton, Katharine Whitlock and Pamela Whitlock
and their latest, Ruby Ferguson.
Fidra Books have their own shop in Edinburgh, stocking their books, and an extensive
range of other titles.
Girls Gone By: publishers (again, re-publishers) of Monica
Edwards (and many other
authors): most of hers weren’t strictly pony books, but here’s where to come if you’re
an addict. All of her titles will be re-published eventually.
Girls Gone By do limited reprints, so if you want one of their books, swoop while
they’re still in print. They very soon rocket up in price on the secondhand market.
Catnip: Catnip are reissuing Patricia Leitch’s Jinny ser
ies. Their edition is actually
my favourite of all the Jinny editions: it’s far more substantial than its Armada
So far (Dec 2010) Catnip have issued the first four Jinny titles.
Andersen Press: Monica Dickens has now joined the ranks of pony book authors to
The Andersen Press, probably best known to parents for producing
the multi-coloured elephant Elmer, have republished the first in the series (well,
technically it’s the second: Cobbler’s Dream preceded it) Follyfoot.
Image Cascade: Image Cascade publish out of print girl’s
stories, in a similar fashion
to Girls Gone By. As well as a range of other, non pony, authors, they have published
Janet Lambert’s Dria Meredith books, and Anne Emery’s Scarlet Royal.
The Will James Art Company: as well as producing various merchandise with Will James’
illustrations, this company has reissued most (if not all) of Will James’ books.
Unusually, many are available as hardbacks.
Poppet Press:has reprinted the Barbara van Tuyl’s Bonnie series, one of American
horse book readers’ favourites.
The Press has reprinted the whole series, and it is available in the UK.
Pony Book Sites
There are various sites with sections devoted to pony book authors (not many, it
has to be said) and I’ve linked to them on the relevant pages on my site. There are
however other general sites:
www.ponydom.com “A database of horse books: trashy reading and fine literature, for
your pleasure.” This is an American site aimed at uniting those who want to read
books with the right book. Although it’s an American site, it does list a lot of
UK pony books. It has a search facility and you can look up whatever titles you fancy
and get a synopsis (which can vary in length!) and a grading. It’s a really interesting
www.ponymadbooklovers.co.uk: A UK based site with a short list of books for sale
and general information on pony books. The site’s owner, Claire, does very good reviews.
The site also has another pony books forum.
Pony book related blogs
The Pullein-Thompson Archive: whose owner is gradually working
her way through all of the Pullein-Thompson’s works, meaning there will be a full
list of all their books with reviews.
The Pony Book Chronicles: an excellent blog from an American author; wry and informative,
the blog is always worth a read.
Whitebrook Farm: this blog grew out of the authors’ obsession with Joanna Campbell’s
Thoroughbred series. The majority of the books covered there are from that series,
but other books receive their unique treatment too: if they don’t like a book, there
is absolutely no way you can miss the fact.
Flambards: K M Peyton’s Flambards was another television hit of the 1970s. It has
a tribute website.
Heartland:the Lauren Brooke series has been televised by a Canadian company, which
describes the books as “a sprawling family saga,” which makes it sound more like
Dynasty, but perhaps that’s what they were aiming at.
The Saddle Club:another long series that’s made it into television is Bonnie Bryant’s
Saddle Club. The website announces firmly at the beginning that “each character
has a distinctly different personality.” I’m sure that they do, but I wonder why
the company felt they had to make the point.