PBOTD 10th August: Pauline Devine - Rider by the Lake
Author Pauline Devine has herself exhibited successfully at Dublin Show. As far as I know, her characters Eithne and Mandy of Riders by the Grey Lake don't reach those heights. They are as different as chalk and cheese, and there's no points of similiarity between their ponies or their parents either.
To make up for what is otherwise going to be a very short post, here's a glorious Pathé News clip of the 1935 Dublin Horse Show.
Welcome to the start of a new series in which I ask people
which five horse or pony books they'd take away with them on a desert island. (This
is all based on Desert Island Discs, a very long running radio programme here
in the UK where the great and the good choose which music tracks they'd take
with them were they to be cast away on a desert island). We'll assume, for the
sake of argument, that the five books are suitably packed in a waterproof
container and make it to shore unscathed. And that there are no beasties who
would fancy a nibble on the books .…
But moving on, I thought I'd start off by giving you my own
choice of books. I did toss up whether the lure of the book loved in childhood
would be enough to overcome the fact that, reading with a grownup eye, the book
didn't work its old magic, and so the books I've gone for are ones I still pick
up. Ruby Ferguson: Jill's Gymkhana
I had to start with Jill, who still has the same magnetic
charm for me s…
I'm delighted to welcome John Rees to the blog to talk about his desert island book choices.
John is a man of many talents: he's an expert on
vintage antiques, and is starring in the S4C programme Trysorau’r Teuluthat started this week (for those who don't speak
Welsh, subtitles are available!) He is co-founder of Cow and Ghost Vintage, and
organises vintage fairs across Wales. John's also the founder of the very
popular Ruby Ferguson Facebook group celebrating all things Jill. So will John choose a Jill book? I think we know the answer ...
*** Jill's Pony Trek by Ruby Ferguson
I've adored Jill for over 35 years and she has never lost her charm. I read them out of order after discovering the fourth in Granny's attic. Hard to chose a favourite. This is perhaps slightly different from the format of the rest: less gymkhana and school and set in a shorter time period. I like the road trip style of it and how the events flow into each other in such an unexpected…
Today's castaway on the desert island where the horse and pony book rule is author Kate Lattey. She's written three series of pony books all set in her native New Zealand, and I admit I do envy their world, which seems so much less constricted than life here in the UK. I really enjoy her books, and you can read my review of Dare to Dream and Dream On.
You can follow Kate on her website here, which also gives you a free download of the first in her Pony Jumpers series.
Kate's chosen a really interesting set of books – and if you've followed the series so far, you'll be intrigued to see which one she'd throw over the side!
The five pony books I would choose if I were stuck on a desert island…wow. I have over 100 pony books in my collection, and to choose just five? The concept is almost impossible. There are obvious choices that I’m sure have been mentioned before, many times, by many others – Ruby Ferguson’s entire Jill series and Patricia Leitch’s entire J…