Christine's bibliography (which you can see in full on my website) numbers over 100 titles, which range from non-fiction to early readers and children’s adventure stories, and, of course, pony stories.
|Burke, 1959, 1st edn, illus Sheila Rose|
|Dragon, 1960s, pb, cover Mary Gernat|
|Dragon, 1973, pb|
|Dragon, 1970s, pb|
David and Pat, the hero and heroine of the First Rosette series, both have to learn how to make their own way in life. David has to do things on his own. He's stepped outside his working class background, and entered the world of the horse. Pat, with whom he starts a riding school, has had a conventional middle class upbringing, and goes on to do what's expected of her, despite what it does to their riding school business - she becomes a deb.
David, meanwhile, decides to leave his very good job for one in London, and it's a disaster. It's only due to the fantastic coincidence of meeting Pat in London that he and his horse are saved. It's interesting to see the characters learning as they go, and the series is a much more satisfying one than some of Christine's earlier books, which relied on frantic adventure: David and Pat, like Christine, were taking their first small steps in being an individual.
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