In date order, here’s what’s been published this year. If you’d like to catch up
on previous years, here’s 2011.
January is a bit of a thin month. I have noticed on the ebook front that there are
self published horse stories starting to come through, and also that some books appear
to be appearing first in ebook format. The sign of things to come?
Kate Klimo: Centauriad 1, Daughter of the Centaurs
A new fantasy series is out at the end of the month. Malora wants to be a horse wrangler
like her father, but after her people are killed by the monstrous Leatherwings, Malora
is the last living human, and roams the world with a herd of horses, until she is
captured by the centaurs. No price yet on the hardback; £9.54 on the Kindle.
Patricia Hermes - Horse Diaries 8: Black Cloud
The Horse Diaries series is one that so far has passed me by. It’s up to number 8
now, and is released on 10 January in both paperback and Kindle. It’s the story of
a mustang, told by himself. £4.47 paperback, Kindle £3.37
Pippa Funnell: Stripy the Zebra Foal
More in what is now turning into an epic series: Tilly’s Pony Tails episode 17 is
now out. £4.99.
Jo Carnegie - Horse Play
Out on 19th January with publisher Corgi is this epic (over 600 pages) is what looks
like chicklit with horses; described by Heat magazine as “the new SATC - Sex and
the Countryside.” £6.99
David Edelston: Hoof-beats Through My Heart: A Life Shared with Horses
Out now in paperback, Merle Unwin Books, £7.99, this is David Edelston’s story of
the horses he’s known through his life. As a soldier and journalist, writing for
Country Life, The Field and Horse and Hound, there have been a few.
Michael Maguire: Mylor: The Most Powerful Horse in the World
Author House, £9.95, and in hardcover, £18.99. Mylor is completely unlike any other
pony book. It was originally published in the 1970s, and has now been re-issued by
the author. The sequel, Mylor - the Kidnap, is due out later in the year.
Christine, Diana and Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Black Beauty's Family is out now
on Kobo, £3.49, on 31 January on Kindle. £3.58
OUT IN FEBRUARY
Kate O’Hearn - Pegasus and the New Olympians
Out on 2nd February is the third episode in Kate O’Hearn’s fantasy series. A Pegasus
lookalike has appeared on earth, and his appearance is just the start of a something
in which Olympian will fight human. £5.99
Victoria Eveleigh: Katy’s Wild Foal, Katy’s Champion Pony
Now deservedly taken up by mainstream publisher Orion; renamed, re-written, and with
new covers, the first two books in the Katy series are due out, 2nd February, £4.99.
I’ve reviewed them here.
Brian Parks - The Punchbowl Farm Companion
Girls Gone By, February/March, £15.00. Following on from his autobiography of Monica
Edwards, and companion to the Romney Marsh series, Brian Parks has written a companion
to the Punchbowl Farm series.
Dandi Daley Mackall: Chasing Dream and Night Mare
Episodes three and four in the Backyard Horse series are due out at the beginning
of the month. They’re £3.99 in paperback
Peter Upton - The Arab Horse
A reprint of Medina Publishing’s luscious book on the Arab is due out on 2nd February.
Maia Wojciechowska -A Kingdom in a Horse, 1 February, Kindle - Kindle eBook. The
paperback is appearing in April.
Steven Farley: The Black Stallion’s Shadow, Kindle £3.18
OUT IN MARCH
Lauren St John: The One Dollar Horse
A promising title in these credit-crunched times; the author won the Blue Peter Prize
in 2011 for Dead Man’s Cove. The One Dollar Horse is the story of Casey, who lives
in the inner city; rescues a horse from the knackers, and eventually riding at Badminton
is within her grasp. However, the dream then turns into a nightmare as Casey meets
the world of competition riding in all its glory. Out in hardcover on 1 March, Orion,
Shelley Peterson: Dark Days at Saddle Creek
The usually reliable Shelley Peterson has a new book out, following on from Mystery
at Saddle Creek.
Susanna Forrest: If Wishes were Horses
Atlantic Books, hardback £16.99, pb £12.99. A memoir of equine obsession, and here
is part of the shamelessly nicked blurb: “horse-obsessed princesses, recovering crack
addicts, courtesans, warriors, pink-obsessed schoolgirls, national heroines and runaways
across the ages. From girl-riders of the Bronze Age, to lavishly adorned equestrian
Victorians and twenty-first-century children on horseback in Brixton, she explores
the development of this Pony Cult from its earliest times to the present day. Alternating
between Berlin, London and Norfolk, urban, suburban and rural, Susanna Forrest visits
gymkhanas and pony shows, horse refuges and inner-city riding schools.”
Jeremy James: The Byerley Turk: The True Story of the First Thoroughbred
Due out in reprint in paperback on 12 March, £7.99
Jessie Haas: Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl
A new book by the excellent Jessie Haas is always an event. Out in hardcover on 27
March, £9.26, this is an early reader. Bramble is the heir of the ponies in C Northcote
Parkinson’s Ponies Plot - bored with life at the riding school, she wants out. Maggie
wants a pony, but Bramble has lots of “little ways” of her own for her to cope with.
Pippa Funnell: Free Spirit the Mustang
Episode 18 in the Tilly’s Pony Tails series is out in March. £4.99. Tilly’s journeying
out of the UK in this episode: in Kentucky she meets Free Spirit.
Sharon Siamon: Runaway Dreams
Number five in the Wild Horse Creek series is out in paperback on 30 March.
Susan Hughes: The Island Horse
Out in hardcover in March, £10.84, Kids Can Press. This is an historical novel, set
in Nova Scotia in the first half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia. Nearly
10 Ellie’s mother has just died, and she and her father move to windblown Sable Island.
Furious with her father for moving, Ellie doesn’t settle. Then she meets a wild stallion
on the shore. She learns that the wild horses are threatened, and that it might be up
to her to save them.
Catherine Hapka: My Favorite Mistake
Another in the Circuit series, out in hardback at £10.87.
Sarah Kilbride: Indigo the Magic Rainbow Pony
Another in the Princess Evie’s Ponies series, out in hardback in March. £5.99
JANUARY - MARCH - SUPPLEMENT
Jeanne Mellin: Pidgy’s Surprise
A much loved American story about a Shetland pony, this has just been re-issued,
complete with 80 illustrations. Very expensive on Amazon UK - better ordered via
the publisher’s website, which also has details of publisher Ellen Feld’s Morgan horse
David O’Flynn: The Horse in Irish Society
I had mentioned this last year; it’s now definitely out. You can see more about it
on the History Society website here, and see more of the author’s photographs here
- very well worth having a look.
Angela Dorsey: Whinnies in the Wind series
Angela Dorsey’s Whinnies in the Wind series was well received when it was first issued
by Stabenfeldt. Now they’ve withdrawn from the English language market, readers have
been left hanging. There are nine books in the series, all of which will be released
by Enchanted Pony Books. The first three are due out in March/April. The first three
books are Winter of the Crystal Dances, Spring of the Poacher's Moon, and Summer
of Wild Hearts. EPB are also releasing two more in the Freedom series, Echo and
Whisper,;a time travelling story, Abandoned.; and Sun Catcher, set in pre-historic
times, the story of a native American girl. The latest books will be ready as ebooks
in March; as printed books in April.
Books cost £6.99 as paperback,Nook Book, $2.99 and Kindle, £2.01.
Cheryl R Lutring: War Horse - Biopics
If you have missed the fact there is a film called War Horse out, you have done quite
well. This book is not about the film; it’s a collection of stories of horses of war;
some famous and some not, illustrated with photographs of their monuments, which
in themselves are interesting. They range from statues to taxidermied heads. £7.99,
available directly from the publishers. The author says: “ I wrote the book because
I have long felt (long before War Horse the film/play) that academic historians generally
sideline the horses when they write of the lives of great men such as Wellington
or even of wars in general, as if they feel they areirrelevant.”
Maggie Dana - Keeping Secrets & Racing Into Trouble
Maggie is re-issuing her Timber Ridge Riders series, firstly in ebook format, but
they will be coming out in the traditional format too. The four part series is well
worth reading. It’s been re-written and updated for its latest appearance. I review
the first book here. Kindle, £1.92. Nook Book, $2.99. The second book, Racing into
Trouble, will be out in Kindle and Nook format in March 2012.
Bill Miller - Heroes and Hounds This book has now been issued in e-book versions.
It’s illustrated by Mary Burkhardt. It’s an American book, as you can probably tell
from the title, as any British publisher would run a mile from a book about a hound.
American hunting though is not the same as its British model: faster for one thing,
and foxes aren’t often caught. Kindle, £1.28. Nook Book, $1.99.
Karen Bush - The Great Rosette Robbery
Available only in Kindle format, though some of the stories have made an earlier
appearance in PONY magazine. This is an excellent series of short stories; well worth
the absolute bargain price. I have read the lot, and reviewed them here. Kindle,
First, some books I missed:
Anne C Hambleton: Raja, Story of a Racehorse
The author is an ex steeplechase jockey who now events, so the detail in this should
be authentic! It’s about what happens to a racehorse after his track career: not something
traditionally dealt with in horse stories, which tend to finish with the glory of
the finishing line. The book is $12.00 - not as far as I can see available in the
UK, but it will be soon.
Alex Brown: Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro & His Legacy
Actually out last year, this is the story of a horse who won the Kentucky Derby by
the largest margin for sixty years; was destined for glory it was thought, but broke
down in the Preakness, and eventually fell victim to laminitis. Glen View Media, £19.15,
Kirsten Radtke & Bernd Radtke: The World of the Tahawy Bedouin and Their Pure-bred
Out on 31 March, published by Medina at £35.00 is a history of the Tahawy Bedouin
and their horses. Records of the horses were mostly oral, but after much research
this book includes over 30 pedigrees, as well as rare and hitherto unpublished photographs.
Judy Steel: Horse Tales & Saddle Songs
On 17 March a revised edition of this anthology of horse poetry was issued.
Robert Hudson and Marie Philips: War Horses of Letters This is the book version of
a series which originally appeared on Radio 4. Napoleon’s horse, Marengo, and Wellington’s,
Copenhagen, write to each other. This series aired late at night; if you’re easily offended,
don’t buy it. It is distinctly irreverent, but it is very funny. Two horses divided
by war, but united by love. Out on 15 March, £8.99.
Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Fear of Falling
Out on 26 March on Susan’s own imprint, San Marco Press, is her post-Apocalyptic
story about an American family marooned in Ireland after a nuclear incident, which
has immobilised all cars. Horses are now essential. The book is free on Amazon on
29 and 30 March. It’s $6.99 for a week and then there will be a a free promotion
starting April 2-5. There will be a giveaway of the print on demand edition through
Goodreads until April 8. Also available in conventional book format: contact the
Diane Lee Wilson: Tracks
The always reliable Diane Lee Wilson has another historical story coming out. Set
after the American Civil War, it’s about two boys from completely different backgrounds
working on the transcontinental railroad. And their animals. Published in hardcover
on 3 April, £10.85., and as an ebook: nookbook, $8.99.
Sheena Wilkinson: Grounded After her excellent debut horse novel, set in Belfast,
Sheena Wilkinson has followed it up with Grounded. It takes Declan’s story on, and
sees him torn between home and ambition. Out on 1st April, it’s £8.99 in paperback.
Lisa Williams Kline: Wild Horse Spring Out on 23rd April for £6.99 is this book from
the Sisters in All Seasons series.
Janet Whyte: Rescue Rider
Part of the Lorimer Sports series, this is out in hardback at £10.85, and in paperback
at £3.02. It’s saving the world, one horse at a time. Nook Book, $7.33. Kobo, £5.39.
Maia Wojciechow: A Kingdom In A Horse Out on 5 April 2012 is a re-issue by Sky Pony
Press of this story of a boy trying to come to terms with his father’s decisions,
and his own actions. Pb £5.99, Nook Book, $6.59, Kindle £4.10
Troon Harrison: The Horse Road
Published by Bloomsbury on 12 April is this historical story, set in Central Asia,
102 BC. Kallisto has been taught her equestrian skills by her nomad mother, which
she needs when the Chinese Army invades, on a mission to steal horses. About, I think,
the Akhal-Teke, so far a neglected breed in equine literature! PB £5.99. Kobo, £4.91,
Nook Book, $10.36.
Maggie Dana: Racing Into Trouble
The second book in the re-issued and updated Timber Ridge series is out in paperback
this month. Angela Dean, a thorn in Kate’s side in the first book, is continuing
her winning ways. The book’s already out on Kindle for £1.84, and as a Nook Book
for $2.99. Read my review of the first book here.
Jane Smiley: Mystery Horse In the UK we have a long wait for Jane Smiley’s books:
this is the third in the Abby series, originally published as True Blue, it’s out
on 3 May through Faber. I loved the first in the series; was rather more ambivalent
about the second, so I’m looking forward to what the third has to offer. PB, £6.99, Kindle,
John Curtis: Horses in the Middle East and Beyond
Out on 7 May, published by the British Museum Press, to accompany the major exhibition
at the Museum (24 May - 30 September - put in diary now), this is a “beautifully illustrated
celebration of the relationship between horses and humans through the ages, from 3500
BC to the present day.” There’s a link here to a pdf of their Spring Catalogue. Scroll
down. £25.00 in hardback.
Patricia Leitch: The Magic Pony
Catnip continue their reissues of the excellent Jinny series, and are now up to number
7 with The Magic Pony, in which Jinny rescues the pathetic Easter. Out on 1 May, pb,
Jessica Burkhart: Popular The school-based Canterwood Crest series continues with
Popular, pb £4.46, Nook Book, $5.99, Kindle, £3.99
Belinda Rapley: Moonlight, Star of the Show & Scout - Up for Sale
The Pony Detectives series launches with Moonlight on 1 May, pb £4.99. The author’s
written for Horse & Hound online, and is training to be a social worker. Her series
features four friends who stable their ponies at the same yard and do the usual pony
stuff, plus solve mysteries. Published by Templar.
Lois Szymanski and Pam Emge: Chincoteague Ponies: Untold Tails
Out on 28 May, published by Schiffer, £19.95 , this is an exploration of the world
of the Chincoteague Pony, with over 200 colour photographs.
Catherine Hapka & Georgina Bloomberg: My Favorite Mistake: A Circuit Novel Out on
10 May 2012, published by Bloomsbury, pb £3.91, Kindle £4.46. Latest in the series
about teenage riders on the American competition circuit.
Victoria Eveleigh: A Stallion Called Midnight
Orion continue their re-issues of Victoria Eveleigh’s stories with the re-titled
Midnight on Lundy, the first, and only, as far as I know, pony book to feature the
Lundy Pony. Out on 21 June, it’s £4.99 in both paperback and ebook format.
Victoria Eveleigh: Katy’s Pony Surprise
Out on 7 June is the last in the Katy series, updated and re-written. Published by
Orion, it’s £4.99 in pb, and in ebook.
Catherine Hapka & Anne Kennedy: The Trail Ride
Another in the Pony Scouts series is out on 5 June, published by HarperCollins. It’s
£10.85 in hardback, £2.55 in paperback.
Monica Edwards: Spirit of Punchbowl Farm
Out in June is the latest in Girls Gone By’s series of reprints. Spirit of Punchbowl
Farmsees Lindsey and Dion clash over the fate of the huge yew tree; fatal to horses
and cows, but to Lindsey a thing of beauty. £12.00.
Angela Dorsey: various titles
Angela Dorsey has several books coming out in the next few months. There’s more information
on her website, but titles are: the first three Whinnies on the Wind books (Winter
of the Crystal Dances, Spring of the Poachers Moon, Summer of Wild Hearts), Sun Catcher,
and Abandoned. PB £6.99, Kobo, £2.18, Kindle £1.99, Nook Book $1.99.
Elizabeth Kaye McCall: Rajalika Speak, Kindle, June (definitely in America, not
sure yet of UK release date). This is written from the horse’s perspective, and is
inspired by a real-life Arabian stallion gone to the bad. It’s illustrated by Danielle
Bowman, an American autistic teenager.
C W Anderson: Billy and Blaze series: I’m told they’re out in June, but haven’t managed
to confirm details yet. More information when I do.
Some catch ups
Linda Benson: The Girl Who Remembered Horses
Set in the future, when few people now remember horses, Sahara dreams about strange
but magnificent creatures. When she comes across a dying mare, she realises her dreams
are based on reality. The book is available via in ebook format only: Kobo, £3.65,
Kindle £3.18, Nook Book, $4.19.
Cynthia D'Errico: Ground Manners
There seems to be a bit of a resurgence in books narrated by the horse, and here’s
another one. This one tells of how the Canadien breed became the National Horse of
Canada, which is interwoven with themes of horse welfare and slaughter. Available
now. Hardback, £23.00, pb £14.00, Kindle £6.41. Nook Book, $8.49.
Nell Walton: The Bone Trail
Written by Tennessee based journalist Nell Walton, this thriller sees an investigate
journalist pursuing the mystery behind the disappearance of two wild horse advocates
in the Nevada incident. As its background, this book takes the real-life (and controversial)
helicopter roundups of wild horses taking place in America.
Available now. Pb £8.91, Kindle £0.99, Nook Book, $2.99.
Maggie Dana: Riding for the Stars
The third in the Timber Ridge RIders series will be published at the end of June.
Maggie tells me she is investigating putting the books on Kobo, and as soon as it
has all its bugs ironed out, she will. This latest episode in the series sees a film
being made at Timber Ridge Stables. Kate wants the part desperately - she’ll then
be able, at last, to afford a horse of her own. Arch-enemy Angela has other ideas.
Amazon US ($6.99) and UK (no price as yet), Kindle, £1.99, Nook (no price as yet).
Monica Dickens: The Horses of Follyfoot
The third of the Follyfoot reprints appears on 5th July.
£4.99, Kindle £3.58,
Hilary Bradt: Connemara Mollie: An Irish Journey on Horseback
Published by Bradt Travel Guides on 2nd July is this story of a journey the author
and her Connemara pony made in Western Ireland. The journey was inspired by Primrose
Cumming’s Four Rode Home. The author told me “This was the book which planted the
idea of a long-distance horse ride in my ten-year-old mind.”
Bradt Travel Guides, £9.99
MaryAnn Myers - Odds On Favourite Out on June 19th, this is a well-reviewed adult
novel by an American author. It’s the second of the Winning Odds series. It takes
“a hard look at the Thoroughbred industry,” and sees everything going wrong for the
stables: high profile Thoroughbred deaths, whip use... It’s a pertinent look at an
industry going through crisis.
Nicola Baxter: My Book of Magical Pony Tales
Out on 2 July, this collection of 12 stories is illustrated by Cathie Shuttleworth.
There’s a purple dream pony, Elfland ponies and ponies which fly. Published by Armadillo
Phoebe Bright: The Perfect Pony Wish
Out on 5th July this is the second in the Lucky Stars series. Cassie is destined
to be a Lucky Star, but she can only do it by collecting six lucky charms. The Perfect
Pony Wish is presumably one of them. It’s the only one that includes ponies: the
others seem to include most things girls are supposed to be keen on. It’s £3.99 in
paperback, and £2.86 on Kindle. Aimed at the younger reader
Kate Thomson: Five Little Ponies
Out on 1st July, published by Top That! , this is a counting book. £5.99
Monica Dickens: Follyfoot, Dora at Follyfoot, The Horses of Follyfoot
You can now get the first three books of the series in ebook format from 5th July:
Michelle Bates/Susannah Leigh: Sandy Lane Stables series
Available on Kindle from 1st July, £2.58
C W Anderson: the Billy and Blaze series
Already out in hardback, these beautifully illustrated American classics are £13.20,
or are available via Kindle from Aladdin for £3.99 from 10th July.
Belinda Rapley: Puzzle, the Runaway Pony, One Last Chance
Out on 1st August are the next two in the Pony Detectives series. The first two are
good, solid stories with likeable characters. Read my review of book number one. Templar
Publishing, £4.99 in paperback.
Jane F Kendall & Astrid Sheckels: Tennessee Rose
Horse Diaries number 9 is out on 7th August 2012. This one is a story of a Tennessee
Walking Horse in Alabama as the Civil War approaches. Hardback, £8.35, Kindle, £3.75.
Jessica Burkhart: Comeback
Latest in the Canterwood Crest series is also out on 7th August. £4.52 in paperback,
Kindle Edition £3.99
Camille Matthews: Quincy and Buck
Inspired by her own Quarter Horse, Quincy, whom she uses as an equine therapy horse,
these books, which are beautifully illustrated by Michelle Black, tell the stories
from the horse’s point of view. The third story, Quincy and Buck, is out later this
summer. The books are available in hardback via Amazon.com, and will come out this
summer in the iBookstore.
Susan Ketchen: Grows That Way
These Canadian books are the story of Sylvia, who has Turner Syndrome, and “an unsatisfied
passion for all things horse.” In the first book, Born That Way, Sylvia struggles
with her undiagnosed condition, and the effect it has on her desire to have a horse.
In the latest episode Grows That Way, Sylvia deals with growing older, which for
her means oestrogen supplements. The books are YA/Adult reads. Published by Oolichan
Books, the first two books are available in paperback from Amazon UK for around £7.00.
The third isn’t yet, but soon should be. Ebook versions are following soon too.
Lauren St John: Kentucky Thriller
Lauren St John’s previous book in the Laura Marlin detective series, Dead Man’s Cove,
won the Blue Peter Book of the Year award in 2011. The sequel, published by Orion,
and due out in August, is horsy. This one sees Laura’s uncle allowing her to keep
a horse after they rescue it from an overturned trailer. Before she can keep the
horse for good, they must do their best to find the horse’s original owner. Laura
travels to Newmarket and Kentucky in her search.
C W Anderson: the Billy and Blaze series
Blaze and the Forest Fire, Blaze Finds Forgotten Roads, Kindle, 7th August, £3.99
K M Peyton: When the Sirens Sounded- a Wartime Childhood
£12.99 - what promises to be a fascinating book, and possibly Peyton’s last, this
is based on her own childhood growing up in Surbiton during World War II, with no
ponies. She was evacuated (briefly) to the country, still obsessed with horses, but
also aware of an interest in the young airman who lived next door. Published by Facts,
Figures and Fun on 6th September, hardback, £12.99.
Ellen Feld: The Further Adventures of Blackjack Ellen has the latest of her Morgan
adventures out soon. It’s illustrated by Jeanne Mellin, and takes the story of Heather
and Blackjack on. They’ve had a really good season,so much so that Heather wants to
go to Oklahoma to compete in the World Championships, but it’s very expensive, and
to go there Heather will have to make some hard decisions. Published by Willow Bend
Jane Smiley: Pie in the Sky
The fourth volume of the Abby series is published in America (but is available in
the UK) by Alfred Knopf Out on 11 September, in hardback, it’s £10.86. In this episode,
Abby takes her horse, True Blue, to an equestrian clinic, where it looks as if she
might get the ride on the most expensive horse she’s ever ridden, Pie in the Sky,
after his rider stops riding. In ebook format, Nookbook, $10.99.
Jessica Burkhart: Masquerade Another in the Canterwood Crest series (I really must
read one). Out on 11 September, it’s £4.47 in paperback, £3.99 on Kobo, £3.99 on
Kindle, $6.99 on Nook.
Katharine Harrison-Wallace: Sambo and Susan
Now reprinted, this is a facsimile of a 12 year old author’s trilogy of short stories.
Don’t be put off by the author’s young age: these stories have a rare charm. I reviewed
them here. Profits from the book’s sales are going to the Hunt Staff Benevolent Society.
Available from Apple Tree Press, £10.95.
Sarah Kilbride & Sophie Tilly: Princess Evie's Ponies: Diamond the Magic Unicorn
Out on 27 September is the latest in Princess Evie’s adventures. Whenever she rides
her ponies (they’re magical), she’s whisked away on an adventure. This one sees Evie
and her kitten Sparkles in a world of sprites and unicorns. Published by Simon & Schuster,
it’s £5.99 in paperback, £4.99 on Kobo and Kindle.
Joyce Barkhouse: Pit Pony: The Picture Book Out on 5 September in hardback at £9.50,
32 pages, and illustrated by Sydney Smith, this looks like a lovely picture book.
It’s published by Formac, and is an abridged version for the younger reader.
Felix Francis: Bloodline
Out on 13 September from Michael Joseph is Felix Francis’ latest. Hero Mark Shillingford
is a commentator. His twin sister Clare comes third in a race he’s commentating on.
He knows she should have won, so what went wrong? He confronts Clare, and it’s the
last time he sees her alive. Hours later she leaps from the balcony of a London hotel.
Riven with guilt, Mark goes in search of answers. £18.99 in hardback, £10.99 on Kindle,
Clare Balding: My Animals and Other Family
Clare Balding, uber racing commentator and all round good thing, has this autobiography
out this month. Daughter of a champion trainer, she rode Mill Reef as a toddler, and
had breakfast with the Queen. She spent most of her childhood thinking she was a dog,
and, left to their own devices, she and her brother spent their time surrounded with
animals. She says: “By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable
loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of all, I knew how to love and
how to let myself be loved. All these things I learnt through animals. Horses and
dogs were my family and my friends. This is their story as much as it is mine.” The
book’s out on 13 September, published by Viking in hardback at £20.00, paperback £8.99,
Quintin Barry: Lord Derby and his Horses: A Tory Grandee and the Turf
Out in hardback on 15 September, published by Red Horse Press at £25.00, the 17th
Earl of Derby was a man who had two ambitions: to be Prime Minister, and to win the
Derby. He had rather more success with the second, though was Secretary of State for
War, and Ambassador to Paris. This is the story of the man and his horses, and the
two who won him the Derby: San Sovino and the great Hyperion.
Tamsin Pickeral: The Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History
This is a reprint, but a rather lovely one, and it’s just in time for Christmas.
It’s a celebration of the horse, and is illustrated by the amazing equine photography
of Astrid Harrisson. Out on 27 September, and published by Collins, it’s out in hardback
at £25.00, and out on Kindle at £12.99 (though if ever there was a book which demands
to be a physical entity, you’d have thought this was it.)
M Horace Hayes: Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners
This book, on the other hand, is considerably more practical in e-book format. It’s
being reissued as a hardback on 15 September at £17.50, and the Kindle ebook edition
is out earlier on 31 August, at £
Ellen Feld: Meet the Morgans
Get to meet the Morgan horses who have inspired Ellen Feld’s Blackjack series. Out
in September, and published by Willow Bend Publishing, it has 32 pages, and is illustrated
with colour photographs.
Emma Lee Potter: Olympic Flame More than a tad late, as it was actually out in May,
but it’s timely. It’s a romantic novella about Mimi Carter, youngest member of the
British Olympic showjumping team for 2012. Can she win her man, and a medal? Kindle,
Angela Dorsey: Autumn in Snake Canyon, Winter of Sinking Waters, Spring of Secrets Episodes
4, 5 and 6 of Angela Dorsey’s excellent Whinnies in the Wind series are out this
month. Set in the Canadian North, where life is hard, Evy lives with her mother. Will
the on-going mystery of why they’re actually living there emerge? I am longing to
find out, I must admit. The ebooks are available now: Kobo, £2.21. Kindle, £2.01,
Monica Edwards: The Wanderer
Another in Girls Gone By’s series of Monica Edwards reprints, this is one of the
Punchbowl Farm series. £13.00 from the publishers.
Linda Snow McLoon: Crown Prince, Crown Prince Challenged Out on 15 October are the
first two in the Brookmeade Young Riders series. Heroine Sarah has always dreamed
of a horse of her own, but life gets complicated when she gets given a rogue race
horse, Crown Prince. Published by Trafalgar Square Publishing, it’s £6.62. Nook, $9.65.
Catherine Hapka: Off Course Another in the Circuit series, out on 13th November. In
hardcover it’s £10.86, and in paperback £6.99 Nook, $9.49.
Jacqueline Arena: Girlz Rock 22: Pony Club
Macmillan’s Girlz Rock series does ponies: out on 31 October, the girls experience
the Pony Club. And how: Ellie and Rachel make friends with a black stallion called
Sir Bob, and set off in search of romance, adventure and a milkshake blender. £6.95
Jean Slaughter Doty: The Valley of the Ponies, If Wishes were Horses, Can I Get There
by Candlelight?, Gabriel
Simon and Shuster is re-issuing several of Jean Slaughter Doty’s books. Excellent
reads all, I can highly recommend. Out on 8 October, they’re £4.37.
Russell Hoban: Rosie’s Magic Horse
Illustrated by Quentin Blake, and published on 4th October by Walker, £12.99. In
which an ice-lolly stick is transformed into a horse. And that’s just the beginning.
Eric Hendershot: A Horse for Christmas Out on 9 October, this is published by Sweetwater
Books. Stoney, Tyler and Sam want to capture a wild stallion from the desert in time
for Christmas. £5.62 in paperback.
Diana Secker Tesdell: Horse Stories This is an Everyman’s Library hardback (with a
silk ribbon marker! Woo!): an anthology which covers two centuries of equine fiction.
The authors include the obvious: Rudyard Kipling; John Steinbeck (that cheery Christmas
read, The Red Pony); and the rather less expected: Annie E Proulx and Margaret Atwood,
amongst many others. Out on 16 Oct 2012, hardcover, £9.59
Louis A. DiMarco: War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider A timely re-issue,
this is out on 18 Oct 2012 in paperback, £16.99. Already available on Kindle, £15.95. Describing
the horse as “a weapons system that has been central to warfare longer than any other,”
this study ranges from the Greek, Persian, and Roman cavalry to the partisans who
used horses during the Second World War. It looks at how weapons evolved specifically
to counter the horse, and the systems that produced and trained horses for war.
Matthew Benns: Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder - the Inside Track on Australia’s
Racing Industry If you’re after racing skulduggery, here is the real thing. This book
“goes past the glorious image of Black Caviar winning off twenty-two starts to reveal
what really goes on in the murky corridors of Australian racing.” Out on 1 November,
£20.99. Kindle, £19.40, released on 24 October.
Frankie Dettori: Tall Tales from the Weighing Room Rather lighter fare comes from
Frankie Dettori, After twenty years in the world of racing, Frankie has seen it all.
Here he is joined by the great and good of the racing world in stories from the weighing
room (and beyond). Out on 11 October. Hardcover £18.99 Kindle £9.99
Kauto Star; Frankel, Eclipse
If you’d rather read about horses than humans, publishers are issuing plenty of equine
biographies in time for Christmas:
Kauto Star: A Steeplechasing Legend (Andrew Pennington), 19 October, £20.00 Frankel,
the Wonder Horse (Andrew Pennington, who has obviously been busy) 16 November, £20.00 Eclipse:
Nicholas Clee, reissued on 24 December, £10.59. Nook, $14.99
Jane Ayres: Matty and the Moonlight Horse, Matty and the Problem Ponies Matty and
the Racehorse Rescue
Jane Ayres has released all three of her Matty series in ebook format. They’re all
£3.97 on Kindle, and the all the profits are going to the Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Jane will be contributing some guest pieces to my blog, so watch out for those.
you’d like to find out more about the Redwings Horse Sanctuary and their work, they
have an excellent website.
Elise Primavera: Libby of High Hopes
Out in June, this was published by Simon and Schuster, and is available in hardback
(£9.36) and Kindle (£5.99). It’s the story of the wonderfully named Libby Thump,
who’s nearly ten, and who loves horses. It looks as if the closest she will get is
drawing them, until her dog Margaret finds a run-down stables. Libby is determined
to have lessons there, but it’s her big sister Laurel who gets the chance.