|Armada Original, 1983|
Pony Club Cup was written in Josephine Pullein-Thompson's second period. After All Change, written in 1961, she had a ten year break from writing children's books. She started again in 1971 with Race Horse Holiday, an adventure story, and continued writing books very different from her original output. She moved away from the instructional model that had served her so well, and concentrated on adventure, with books like the Moors series, and historical stories in the Black Beauty's Family series she wrote with her sisters.
|Dean, 1994 - compilation of the whole series|
There's the usual keen observation of Pony Club mothers. I particularly like the dreadful Mrs Rooke, who has two daughters, Lesley and Sarah. Sarah's the golden girl, who can do no wrong. Even when Lesley, who's understandably bitter and twisted when we first meet her, turns out to be good at dressage, Mrs Rooke can't actually allow this to change her view of wonder child Sarah. Of course, she says, Lesley might be good at dressage, but Sarah's an all rounder. I've heard mothers like that, praising one child endlessly and dismissing the other in a single sentence. It's chilling. (And do hope now that I don't do this with my two: but the fact that they both think the other is the favourite suggests that whatever I've got wrong, it's not that.)
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Pony Club Cup was published as an Armada Original in 1983 in paperback. As far as I know, it did not have a separate hardback edition. The book was republished several times with the same cover design. In 1994 Dean published a collection of the entire three book series, with the title Pony Club Stories.
For much more on Josephine Pullein-Thompson, see my website.