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  • Fidra Books - Olivia FitzRoy
    Preview of Chapter 1 Presently Unavailable Steer By The Stars Olivia FitzRoy The Stewarts have returned to the west coast of Scotland for another summer holiday and this time they have a boat of their own the Fauna Naturally this adds to their fun enormously and they have a wonderful time sailing camping and fishing together besides having some very exciting and unexpected adventures Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp House In The Hills Olivia FitzRoy Fiona Ninian and Hugh from Orders to Poach find a dilapidated old croft in the wild hills of West Scotland they paint and repair it to make a wonderful home for themselves Of course it is the perfect place for adventures too they stalk deer they sail in the Black Swan and with the help of the mysterious Fergus search for a legendary cave Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp nbsp Biography Olivia FitzRoy was born in 1921 one of five sisters and was educated at home by a governess rather than going to school Although history was her favourite subject she also wrote prolifically from early childhood Summer holidays were mostly spent in the Scottish Highlands and there Olivia learnt to ride shoot and stalk Just after the outbreak of World War Two Olivia s father a Naval officer proposed that the family should remain in Inverewe beyond their summer holiday feeling that they would be safer there Olivia s younger sister Barbara tells how all the family were avid readers and as shopping opportunities in the Highlands were limited Olivia wrote Orders to Poach to entertain her younger sisters based on their own large family and the activities with which they occupied themselves although Carrick House and the Lodge are imaginary Orders to Poach was published

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  • Fidra Books - Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock
    children stay in a farmhouse on Exmoor meet other like minded children and have all sorts of adventures mostly on horseback but also on a raft They have the sort of holiday that everybody would like to have if only they could Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography In 1936 Katharine Hull 1921 1977 and Pamela Whitlock 1920 1982 met at boarding school whilst sheltering from a thunderstorm They discovered their shared interest in ponies and the moors and decided to write a story together using the works of Arthur Ransome as a model The girls then aged 14 and 15 kept their project a secret from everyone and vowed to cut off all our hair if the book was not finished by the time they took their Higher Certificate in July of 1937 They worked together in a very methodical way working out the entire plot and becoming familiar with the characters before they begun to write During the winter term they worked on alternate chapters and then swapped them over to edit By the Easter term they had completed their story by children about children for children They worked together in a very methodical way

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  • Fidra Books - Elinor Lyon
    a gang of sinister deer poachers With their friend Alastair Gunn now living at Kindrachill they plan to outwit the gang and soon find themselves in a pursuit packed with adventure Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Run Away Home Elinor Lyon In this the third Ian and Sovra story the pair discover that life in Edinburgh can be as thrilling as life in their own Western Highlands For there they meet Cathie who s escaped from an orphanage They smuggle her out to a secret hut on the coast where after her rides in lorries and rolls of carpet she s only too delighted to enjoy the free outdoor life of her new friends while Ian and Sovra do a spot of detection for her How they solved the mystery and found that this land of mountains lochs and white sand really was Cathie s home is told in this exciting new adventure Preview of Chapter 1 Presently Unavailable Dragon Castle Elinor Lyon Martin Reed goes to spend a holiday with a family in Wales as his father is ill He does not find the family very congenial but this does not deter Martin who quickly makes friends with some wild children called the Burnets They have a wonderful secret which they soon disclose to Martin the undiscovered ruins of a castle Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp nbsp Biography Elinor Lyon was born in Guisborough Yorkshire in 1921 and educated in Oxford before spending time in Switzerland and then reading English at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford After serving as a radar operator during World War II she married Peter Wright whom she had met whilst he was teaching Classics at Rugby School where her father was headmaster Elinor and Peter remained in Rugby

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  • Fidra Books - Hazel Peel
    nbsp Biography H M Peel Hazel Mary Peel is one of the lesser known horse adventure authors probably due to the fact that only two of her books were published in paperback by Armada in the UK Born in London Hazel was educated at Alderman Newton s Girl s School in Leicester She hated school and left at fourteen with a desire to work with horses and a keen interest in writing Having gained experience and knowledge through her equestrian work she began writing in her late twenties after a brief spell in Australia Her first book was Fury Son of The Wilds which was published in 1959 Set in Australia it like Jago published in 1966 is about racing and wild horses Hazel s other books form a series although they do link with Jago s story in Untamed and are about a grown up couple Ann Henderson and her husband Jim In the first book of the Leysham Stud series Pilot the Hunter Ann buys Pilot a piebald who is difficult at first There are seven books in the Leysham Stud series most of the horses are like Pilot difficult but each for very different reasons Hazel has

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  • Fidra Books - KM Peyton
    Fly by Night Ruth found that her troubles had only just begun Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography K M Peyton was born in 1929 and wrote her first book at the age of nine It was called Grey Star the Story of a Racehorse Several books later her first was published when she was fifteen Sabre the Horse From the Sea was followed by two more pony books written under her maiden name of Kathleen Herald Since Sabre Kathleen has written an average of a book a year and has had around sixty published At first Kathleen only wrote pony books as growing up in a London suburb she could not have a horse of her own so put her pony obsessed daydreams down on paper Later Kathleen went to art school where she met her future husband Mike Peyton Although she wanted to be a painter she was already committed to her writing and that took precedence She has however illustrated many of her books including Fly By Night and The Team as has her husband best known for his sailing cartoons Kathleen has commented that she and Mike are very lucky in that they

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  • Fidra Books - Josephine Pullein-Thompson
    and quarrel and live in the whirl of a big family of all ages Susan from the ugly red house on the hill or scruffy self conscious Noel Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Pony Club Team Josephine Pullein Thompson In Pony Club Team we revisit many of the people and ponies whom we first met in Six Ponies They are all a little older now and some of them have new mounts There are also some new characters who are just as keen on riding The team have adventures pleasant and unpleasant during the two weeks they spend with Major Holbrooke schooling their ponies for a dressage competition but meet all that comes with infectious good humour Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information nbsp Biography Born in 1924 the eldest of the three Pullein Thompson sisters the others being the slightly younger twins Diana and Christine Josephine grew up in a somewhat bohemian household in Oxfordshire With her sisters she wrote several short stories and ran a riding school before firmly establishing herself as a writer It Began With Picotee was the sisters first novel published in 1946 and was written jointly by all three Although at first most notable for being the daughters of Joanna Cannan whose books we are also publishing the sisters soon became well known as writers in their own right Josephine went on to write over thirty novels Most are children s books in the pony books genre that the sisters dominated in the post war period although she has also written some detective novels and non fiction Today she lives in London and is active in the English Centre of International PEN the writers organisation which campaigns for writers freedoms under authoritarian or tyrannical regimes Josephine s best known

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  • Fidra Books - Sheila Stuart
    been other mysterious events and Alison and her brother Niall decide to find out what is going on especially as their uncle is also behaving rather oddly As they uncover the truth they discover that there is an unexpected connection between the mystery and the witch s cave Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Alison s Christmas Adventure Sheila Stuart Clarig that fascinating spot on the coast of Sutherland where Alison and her brother Niall and their friends seem to find plenty of excitment at any season provides not only ample open air fun and adventure at this particular Christmas time but another mystery to unravel Is the Professor s interest in geology genuine If so why are some of his movements so suspicious And how is it that both Alison and her uncle have a feeling that they have seen him before Events prove that not rocks but something very different are behind the Professor s activities Preview of Chapter 1 Available now Ordering Information Biography Sheila Stuart whose real name was Mary Gladys Baker was born in 1892 and brought up in a Manse in Johnstone in Renfrewshire where her father was a Church of Scotland minister After school in Glasgow Sheila Stuart later went to Leng and Co of Dundee later incorporated into D C Thomson where she trained as a journalist although during World War One she worked as a VAD She wrote a number of short stories and serials for periodicals such as Scottish Field and the Dundee based People s Friend and also wrote a number of books about antiques However Sheila Stuart is best known for her series of books about Alison and her brother Niall based in the north west of Scotland where she spent a great deal of time

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  • Fidra Books - Publishing
    bossy Clarissa Dandleby joins the Intimidating Major Hooley scares off some of the members and Miss Durdon takes over as President Suddenly it all seems a lot less like fun for Jill and her friends Read the First Chapter Ordering Information mailing list Keeping You Informed Books can be ordered directly from our online shop or through any of our stockists However we still want to keep in touch with our readers By joining our mailing list we will be able to inform you of forthcoming and newly published titles special offers that our stockists may be offering for advance orders and you will receive the quarterly fidra books newsletter We also send out infrequent emails with updates regarding new authors titles available to pre order and other information that may be of interest Newsletter We try to make the newsletter an interesting read As well as details of newly published and forthcoming books we include articles details of our stockists and even some short stories by our authors It is sent out two or three times each year so do join our mailing list and ensure that you receive a copy Sign Up We have provided a number of

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