|Collins first edition, 1947, illus Anne Bullen|
|Armada pb, 1968, cover Peter Archer|
|Collins Pony Library, 1974, cover Geoffrey Whittam|
"I saw all around me how richer children were scorned, especially if they had grooms, so I deliberately decided to see life a little bit from their point of view. We had scores of pupils. And from my own experience there could be pleasant rich children and horrid poor ones, so yes, it was a deliberate decision."
|Armada pb, 1970s|
Three Ponies and Shannan was one of Diana Pullein-Thompson's most popular books. It was originally printed in 1947 by Collins, with illustrations by Anne Bullen (and an oddly colourless cover illustration), and was reprinted in that format several times. Armada, the paperback arm of Collins, reprinted the book in 1968 with a cover illustration by Peter Archer, and again with a photographic cover in the 1970s. (I do wonder if those are horses or ponies on the front cover). The book was given yet another new cover illustration in 1974, when it was issued as part of the Collins Pony Library with a cover by Geoffrey Whittam.
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For all of Diana Pullein-Thompson's books in glorious colour (is anything in black and white these days?) she has a page on my website.