I really enjoyed this book even though it has the usual cliches of stolen horses and travelling fairs, caves and squabbling children. It reminded me of Joanna Cannan's London Pride and We Met Our Cousins for some reason. Maybe the children?
And lovely illustrations by Anne Bullen too
Now I'm looking forward to reading the Punchbowl Farm series which follow on from this.
I love this too. Its a real old fashioned comfort blanket type of read. The Punchbowl series does change a lot from this one. The characters are much more developed and the tone gets more serious. In fact some literary people sneer at Corker and its Romney Marsh equivalent Wish for a Pony and consider them far inferior to the other books in the series. But for me both of them have a charm of their own and are excellent examples of children's pony books, even if they dont have the depth or complexity of the later books.
Black Hunting Whip next - you're in for a treat Rosie!
Punchbowl Farm is my spiritual home! Rosie when you have read the series, you must read her non fiction books about her cats, the wild badgers of the Punchbowl, and the real story of the real Punchbowl Farm.
Strangely for me, I actually read Wish for a Pony and No Mistaking before I read the series, it took me years to find and read all the rest. So for me, they will always be my introduction. I love them both and would have loved to be friends with Tamsin and Lindsey, and met Cascade and all the others.
I just adored the whole concept of travelling in a romany caravan and taking your own horses with you, and I thought the confusion over Bonny/Duchess/Corker a good plot twist!
Rescuing one animal does not change the world, but the world surely changes for that one animal.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace ~
Strangely for me, I actually read Wish for a Pony and No Mistaking before I read the series, it took me years to find and read all the rest. So for me, they will always be my introduction.!
Exactly the same for me, (except for Cargo of Horses, I read that one as a child too) but I didnt even read the rest of the books until I was an adult! So yeah, I have a soft spot for them too.
I must say I would also love to travel in a Romany Caravan with a horse. I definitely must have gypsy blood cos I get itchy feet when I've lived in the same place for a while. The longest I have ever lived in one house since leaving home in 3 years!
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1