PBOTD 6th September: H M Peel - Gay Darius
H M Peel's Gay Darius is one of those pony stories that's immensely difficult to find. I did read them in the 1970s, because our local library had them all. They were, somewhat confusingly, shelved with the non fiction. I imagine this was because they were much more technical than the usual run of pony story. Once I'd tracked them down, I read them several times, but never managed to find one myself.
I made a huge tactical error here: I bought the books, but thought I'd sell them as surely others would crop up soon. How wrong I was. It took years before more turned up, and by then I'd gone into bookselling full time, and I was buying them for other people.
The series' premise is a bit unlikely: heroes Ann and Jim Henderson seem able to turn their hand to any equestrian discipline, even trotting, but it does mean the reader gets the chance to learn about horse sports that don't usually crop up in pony books. Gay Darius covers eventing, which is why it's earned its place in the current run of PBOTDs.
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