|Armada paperback, 1970s|
The competition that I longed to enter (I was never allowed to) was run by booksellers W H Smith. At competition time, a leaflet would arrive in PONY Magazine, and I would drool over it, filling in the answers, and pummelling my brains for a witty caption for the photograph which would act as the tie breaker, just in case, by some miracle, I was allowed to enter. I never was.
|Hodder & Stoughton first edition, 1958,|
illustrated Geoffrey Whittam
Babs goes on to accompany Jackie through fifteen more adventures, but you can't deny she's a liability on this one. As she's actually stolen Captain, the two are of course pursued, and so Jackie's country ride turns out to be an attempt to evade the police. It does, of course, all work out in the end, for Jackie's world was one filled with things pony where disaster was inconceivable.
These books do inspire me to scratchiness, and I did lay into the author in my book, Heroines on Horseback, but I'll leave off for this post, and let Jackie and Babs and their ponies wander through their pony-filled world where no one ages.
|Knight paperback, 1992|