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The Colonel, owner of Follyfoot, the Home of Rest for Horses, has been ill and has to go away to convalesce. Dora and Steve are left in charge, with the strict instruction, 'Don't buy any horses'. But when Dora sees the rangy, cream-coloured lame horse, Amigo, she is determined to save him from spending his last days pulling a heavy log-cart - even if it means borrowing money from sly Ron Stryker. But to pay Ron back, someone from Follyfootmustwin the Moonlight Pony Steeplechase . . .
Monica Dickens was a great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and born in 1915, She was one of the two or three best-selling woman's novelists of her generation.
She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School, but was expelled after throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge. She joined a drama school before being presented at Court in 1935.
During the war she worked as a nurse and in a Spitfire factory, and began writing novels. Praise came with every book: JB Priestley wrote 'Monica Dickens gets better and better', AS Byatt argued that she was much underestimated. John Betjeman declared that she was a novelist 'who has all the airs and graces a reader could wish for'.
Monica Dickens felt the challenge to write for children and began in the 1970s. Her Follyfoot books were made into one of the most successful TV series for children of the 1970s and remain a favourite of horse-lovers everywhere.
Monica Dickens loved riding and she kept horses. She died in 1985
"Invitingly readable good-hearted stories."
The School Librarian
"Another gem from theFollyfootseries. They're well-written with good plots and will delight any horse lover."
"A thoroughly enjoyable book which will hopefully be loved by a whole new generation of devoted readers."
Redwings Horse Sanctuary website - Stephen Clark
"Little girls will love it, and no doubt their mothers will enjoy a moment of nostalgia as they reread this old favourite. This is an intriguing and at times exciting tale."
The School Librarian