Monica Edwards was one of my favourite authors as a child, but she was one of those who tantalised me. Armada, who published some of her books in paperback in the 1960s, liked to advertise other titles by their authors at the end of their books. So, I knew far more books existed than I had managed to get my hands on, but though I pleaded, I was not allowed to send away the 2/6 (12 1/2 p in today's money) needed to have a copy of a book sent to me. I am not quite sure why. Maybe my mother thought once I started sending away for books in the post, there'd be no stopping me. I have no idea what she meant. I only get one or two books a week that way now.
However, denied that source when young, I had to rely on the local library as my only other source of supply for things horse. It only had No Mistaking Corker available as part of the Vanguard Book of Horses, and school had The Midnight Horse as part of a book of three pony stories. I was leant The White Riders paperback by a friend, and I am ashamed to say I kept it. I did, when I was in the sixth form, have a fit of conscience and tried to give it back, but the friend's mother looked at me rather strangely and said she thought the moment had passed, and perhaps I'd better keep it. I can feel the shame now. I am quite sure Tamzin, Rissa, Roger and Meryon, would not have approved. Well, I'm not sure about Rissa.
|Puffin, paperback, 1956|
|Goodchild, 1984 (revised)|
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