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  • Fidra Books - M Pardoe
    get involved in an amusing and exciting adventure in which he and three young Scottish cousins play a major part Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Bunkle Began It M Pardoe Bunkle Robin and Jill help their father who is in the British Secret Service to round up a German spy in Devonshire The story begins with Bunkle throwing a cushion at an old lady and the cushion bursts Later Bunkle sees some very curious things through a crack in the floor of his attic bedroom This is the second in the Bunkle series and our irrepressible hero is back to solve more mysteries Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Bunkle Scents a Clue M Pardoe Bunkle is seventeen and is spending a few weeks of the school holidays in Somerset with his parents and his Scottish cousins It is not surprising the the holiday proves less quiet and conventional than had been planned Riding about the moors they are annoyed by a fast Jaguar car It s owner is traced to an ugly Victorian villa where a professor of science lives in condistions of suspicious secrecy Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp Bunkle Brings It Off M Pardoe Buying a goat at a fair leads to a chain of enormously exciting adventures even by the standards of Bunkle the youngest of the de Salis children Exploring a mysterious empty house meeting a Russian princess being trapped on a perilous rooftop and foiling a gang of kidnappers are amongst them It is of no surprise to his readers that Bunkle does indeed bring it off and whilst saving the day also helps Colonel de Salis in his vital work for the Secret Service Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp Four Plus Bunkle M Pardoe This is the first in the Bunkle series about the de Salis family in which we meet Jill Robin and Bunkle so named by his brother and sister because they say he talks such a lot of bunk They are having an average sort of holiday Bunkle is infuriating his older siblings and the most important thing any of them have to think about is the hotel tennis tournament Then their mother is called away their governess is taken ill and they find an injured British Secret Service Agent in the hotel who charges them with taking top secret papers to their father who is also in the Intelligence Service There follows a race across France and Switzerland Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp Biography Margot Pardoe was born in 1902 After a well travelled youth and time spent training as an opera singer in Paris she began writing after marrying John Swift in 1934 Her first book The Far Island was published in 1936 and tells the story of two children used to a lifestyle of public school and foreign travel who find their circumstances greatly reduced when they are unexpectedly orphaned

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  • Fidra Books - Publishers and Booksellers
    biography bibliography and links Secret Letters at Trebizon preview of chapter 1 Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon preview of chapter 1 Ruby Ferguson titles biography bibliography and links Olivia FitzRoy titles biography bibliography and links Orders to Poach preview of chapter 1 Steer by the Stars preview of chapter 1 Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock titles biography bibliography and links The Far Distant Oxus preview of chapter 1 Elinor Lyon titles biography bibliography and links The House in Hiding preview of chapter 1 We Daren t Go A Hunting preview of chapter 1 Run Away Home preview of chapter 1 Dragon Castle preview of chapter 1 M Pardoe titles biography bibliography and links The Far Island preview of chapter 1 Bunkle s Brainwave preview of chapter 1 Bunkle Began It preview of chapter 1 Bunkle Scents a Clue preview of chapter 1 HM Peel titles biography bibliography and links KM Peyton titles biography bibliography and links Fly By Night preview of chapter 1 The Team preview of chapter 1 Josephine Pullein Thompson titles biography bibliography and links Six Ponies preview of chapter 1 Sheila Stuart titles biography bibliography and links Alison and the Witch s Cave preview of chapter 1

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  • Fidra Books - Publishers and Booksellers
    Home About Us Shop Publishing News Contact Us Search results all content copy fidra books 2005 2012 Site Map Email Us

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  • Fidra Books - Caroline Akrill
    and has drawn on these experiences in her writing Prior to writing her career was also pony filled from running a riding school and stables to being a horse dealer Caroline Akrill s writing career began with articles for various publications such as Pony Magazine It was in Pony that her stories were published for the first time firstly short stories and then a serial This was published as I d Rather Not Gallop in 1975 as the opening novel in a trilogy based on Akrill s own showing career Following this success with another Caroline wrote her hugely popular Eventing Trilogy These books along with the later Silver Bridle Trilogy are all humorous and it is in this way that they are unusual in the world of pony books However it is Flying Changes Akrill s only non humorous pony story which is the most unusual Originally intended as a book for adults it is very dark filled with hurt and tragedy very uncommon in the world of pony books Caroline Akrill then spent 20 years as a publisher of horse stories and she and her husband now run a gorgeous hotel in Conwy North Wales Bibliography Caroline Akrill

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  • Fidra Books - Mabel Esther Allan
    her life and presented her with a typewriter upon which she taught herself to type Although Mabel had a number of short stories published during the 1930s and had a couple of books accepted by publishers the war intervened Mabel joined the land army and taught in a prep school and in a nursery in a slum area of Liverpool where she taught 48 two to five year olds at a time It was 1948 before Mabel received from her publisher the first copy of The Glen Castle Mystery one of three books to be published that year It was the start of a very successful writing career The first book by Mabel Esther Allan that Fidra Books will be publishing is The School on North Barrule Subsequent titles will include Cilia of Chiltern s Edge Swiss School Lost Lorrenden and Clues to Connemara Her school stories are particularly interesting in that they are strikingly different from the typical school story of the 1950s Heavily influenced by the writings of A S Neil the progressive educationalist who founded Summerhill Mabel s schools are unconventional teaching children self discipline rather than relying on imposed discipline and many were coeducational Her non school stories were often mystery thrillers for older children set in the places to which Mabel loved to travel the Scottish islands Switzerland Wales Ireland and New York and her descriptions of settings are evocative and detailed Bibliography Mabel Esther Allan The Adventurous Summer 1948 Glen Castle Mystery 1948 The Wyndhams Went to Wales 1948 Cilla of Chiltern s Edge 1949 Holiday at Arnriggs 1949 Mullion 1949 Trouble at Melville Manor 1949 Chiltern Adventure 1950 Everyday Island 1950 Jimmy John s Journey 1950 Over the Sea to School 1950 School Under Snowdon 1950 The Exciting River 1951 Clues to Connemara 1952 MacIains of Glen Gilleon 1952 Return to Derrykereen 1952 School in Danger A 1952 The School on Cloud Ridge 1952 The School on North Barrule 1952 Lucia Comes to School 1953 Room for the Cuckoo 1953 The Secret Valley 1953 Strangers at Brogwerne 1953 Three go to Switzerland 1953 Adventure Royal 1954 Here We Go Round 1954 Margaret Finds a Future 1954 Meric s Secret Cottage 1954 New Schools for Old 1954 The Summer at Town s End 1954 Adventures in Switzerland 1955 Changes for the Challoners 1955 Glenvara 1955 Judith Teaches 1955 Mystery of Deddydane 1955 Swiss School 1955 Adventure in Mayo 1956 The Amber House 1956 Balconies and Blue Nets 1956 Flora at Kilroinn 1956 Lost Lorrenden 1956 Strangers in Skye 1956 Two in the Western Isles 1956 The Vine Clad Hill 1956 Ann s Alpine Adventure 1957 At School in Skye 1957 Black Forest Summer 1957 Murder at the Flood 1957 Sara Goes to Germany 1957 Seven in Switzerland 1957 Summer of Decision 1957 Blue Dragon Days 1958 The Conch Shell 1958 The House by the Marsh 1958 Rachel Tandy 1958 Amanda Goes to Italy 1959 Catrin in Wales 1959 A Play to the Festival 1959

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  • Fidra Books - Joanna Cannan
    children learning to tolerate their cousins namby pamby ways and John and Antonia toughening up a good deal When John saves wee Hamish from a maddened bull friendships are firmly cemented Whilst rehearsing a play to be performed for the local children the four cousins also manage to solve the mystery of Mrs Creach s stolen jewels and to discover the truth of the MacTavish and MacAlister feud A lovely story enlivened by Anne Bullen s wonderful illustrations Preview of Chapter 1 Presenlt Unavailable London Pride Joanna Cannan In the sequel to We Met Our Cousins the cousins come to London for Christmas The adventure starts when they get up at dawn to fight a duel in the Square gardens and catch the burglar who is stealing State papers from Lord Peveril s house Then they spend all their Christmas money on buying a pony out of an old rag and bone man s cart and christen her London Pride But can they keep her hidden in the summer house in the Square without anyone knowing Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography Joanna Cannan 1896 1961 was born in Oxford and educated on a very part time basis at Wychwood School She attended a finishing school in Paris but was prevented later from taking up a place at the Slade School of Fine Art by World War One After her marriage she found herself rather marooned in the Wimbledon suburbs and took to writing as a means of supporting her family given that her husband despite an heroic war record found earning a living in civilian life difficult In 1931 the Pullein Thompsons moved to the Oxfordshire countryside where she continued to write amongst a somewhat bohemian household Although perhaps best known for her adult novels such

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  • Fidra Books - Primrose Cumming
    pony that she visits every day After uttering the password Jenny finds herself in a parallel world where ponies can speak She meets ponies Cock Robin Shannon and Jasper who teach her to ride and to look after them before she goes through the mist with another boy Peter to rescue Pippin a lost Snaffles pony Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography Primrose Cumming 1915 2004 was the youngest of three children and spent her life in Kent although she travelled extensively A writer since childhood her first story a tale about an ant was published in Nursery World when she was 16 and earnt her the grand sum of 6 shillings More stories and article followed and her first book Doney was published in 1934 when she was 19 and she was delighted to receive a letter praising it from Rudyard Kipling For Doney Primrose was paid 25 outright 24 of which she spent on her first horse a gelding called Black Jack During the Second World War Primrose left home and joined an anti aircraft unit of the ATS and was stationed in various sites around the country After her demob Primrose returned to the

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  • Fidra Books - Anne Digby
    Robbie Things aren t going so well there Does Robbie only like Rebecca because of her tennis Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography Anne Digby was born in Kingston upon Thames and attended the North London Collegiate School before becoming a magazine journalist Describing herself as a compulsive scribbler since childhood she enjoyed a varied early career creating comic strips and short stories for School Friend and Girl After a period spent living in Paris Anne and her family moved to oxford where she became Oxfam s press officer However Anne longed to be a proper author and although she modestly claims to have received a number of rejection slips in 1978 A Horse Called September was published The book was well received and Anne turned her attention to plotting her next books She had been happy at her day school but Anne had always hankered after boarding school life and so she was inspired to start creating her own boarding school Although her agent was unenthusiastic Anne was gripped by the idea of her school now named Trebizon Set in Cornwall on the edge of a town above a sandy bay where the girls could swim and surf the main characters were to be Rebecca Mason and her five friends The Six Anne researched contemporary boarding schools although many of the events and physical aspects of the school such as its magnificent cedar tree came from her own schooldays The Trebizon books are interesting partly for their contemporary setting While most school stories were written in the first half of the 20th century school stories set in the late 20th century where girls had boyfriends and thought about careers and exams and travel were virtually unknown However the Trebizon series were very popular proving that the

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