|Armada paperback, cover Mary Gernat, 1963|
I think, having read and wept over Black Beauty many times before I reached Riding with the Lyntons, the story made me sad, but didn't repel me. Diana Pullein-Thompson didn't shy back in her books from relating the real and distressing things that could happen to horses, and in Riding with the Lyntons, a pony is so badly injured on the roads it has to be put down. And we hear the shot with which that happens.
|Collins first edition, 1956|
|Collins Pony Library, 1970s|
|Armada paperback, 1982|
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For more on Diana Pullein-Thompson, including a full and illustrated bibliography, she has a page on my website.