In the early 1970s, a television series called Follyfoot appeared which was based on Monica Dickens' adult book, Cobbler's Dream (1963). Monica Dickens then wrote four books – the Follyfoot series – to tie in with the television programmes.
|Piccolo, 1971, 1st edn (also appeared|
simultaneously in hb, Heinemann)
Like the later World's End series, the difficulty of surviving without a steady source of income is a central theme of both series, as is the mistreatment of animals. Monica Dickens does not shy away from the horrors that humanity visits upon animals: in Follyfoot there are some truly grim horrors. The teenage Night Riders leave a horse with its jaw hanging off after they ride it with a bit made from wire, and the selfish owners of the Pinecrest Hotel care not one jot for the welfare of their horses. They are quite happy to keep on using a saddle on a horse which already has terrible sores.
The Follyfoot series is about saving animals from all this, and with characters who are a ragbag of misfits and glamour, that's what they do.
Cobbler's Dream (reprinted as New Arrival at Follyfoot)
Dora at Follyfoot
The Horses of Follyfoot
Stranger at Follyfoot
More on Monica Dickens
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