Phantom is some way away from the sort of pony book with which people identify the Pullein-Thompson sisters, and it would be interesting to know what books come to people first when they think about Christine Pullein-Thompson. Is it the adventure stories, like Phantom Horse, or the hunting and Pony Club books?
|Armada paperback reprint, 1969|
She wrote both. Her first book, after It Began with Picotee (1946), which she wrote jointly with her sisters, was We Rode to the Sea (1948). Her sisters, Josephine and Diana, stuck to what they knew with their first solo books, Six Ponies (1946) and I Wanted a Pony (1946), which is possibly why they're more successful stories. We Rode to the Sea is a breathless adventure, in which a large and hapless family whirl about Scotland causing mayhem in the pursuit of rather ill defined villains. It's interesting that after this, Christine left the world of adventure alone and went back to writing about what she knew: hunting. Phantom Horse was her next attempt at a story which is more adventure than conventional pony book, and it's considerably more successful than We Rode to the Sea.
|Collins first edition, 1955, cover Sheila Rose|
|Collins published the book as a Seagull Library edition|
|The Armada 1970s reprint|
|The latest Award printing, still in print|
To read more about Christine Pullein-Thompson, and see pictures of all her (many) pony books, click here.