The book's heroines, Joanne and Diane Kennedy, have finished school. Their parents want to travel Europe for a year, but the twins aren't so keen. What they want to do is buy a large horsebox, fill it with horses, and do the Australian show circuit for a year.
|Ure Smith, Sydney, 1964,illus Roseanne Fuller|
No sooner had I flicked back to the story than the authors flung me into a maelstrom. They have an accident, the lorry is wrecked, and all the horses are injured; their favourite mortally. Fortunately help is at hand from the nearest farm, and the girls and their surviving horses are taken in by the vet's family, and the book's focus shifts to the relationships between the girls and the family. There is still plenty of horse, and the book's an accomplished work, particularly from two teenagers. It's tightly plotted, and it doesn't tamely follow pony book conventions. If you can find a copy (it was never published in the UK), it's well worth reading.
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Six Horses and a Caravan was published by Ure Smith in Sydney in 1964. I have found some evidence of a 1965 printing, but nothing after that.
For more on the authors, they have a page on my website.