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Obituary: Josephine Pullein-Thompson

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One of the classic writers of pony novels died on June 14th, aged 90.

As a horse-mad and very pedantic little girl, I adored British pony books, in which stalls were cleaned, ponies misbehaved, and most people were pretty bad riders until they'd worked at it for a while. They were better fuel for my imagination than the kind of stories in which everyone was a natural and everything came easily.

My favourite of the genre was one of hers, and a book I spent years looking for: Show Jumping Secret, which was not a pony mystery but a story about a boy named Charles and a mare named Secret. Charles has a weak leg after a bout of polio. Secret is part-Arab and has many opinions. I finally found a copy online and liked it just as much on rereading as I did when I was a kid.

Many years after that, I reread it again and realized that, except for the show jumping, Mitzi was pretty much Secret!

Anyway, she and her sisters Christine (who died in 2005) and Diana gave me a lot of pleasure as a kid. And an adult, honestly.

Here they are as girls (Josephine on the left):

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And as old girls (l=r, Diana, Josephine, Christine):

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heleninwales
22nd Jul, 2014 16:56 (UTC)
Oh, that's sad news. I loved those books as a kid too, along with the Ruby Ferguson "Jill" books. As you say, they all worked at their riding and I loved all the details of the horse care.
coneycat
25th Jul, 2014 18:58 (UTC)
I think I had at least one "Jill" book-- it would be fun to track them all down again...
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