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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » Josephine Pullein Thompson on Radio 4′s Last Word
    June 2013 3 April 2013 1 Useful Log in WordPress Josephine Pullein Thompson on Radio 4 s Last Word July 7th 2014 by Vanessa Following the sad death of Josephine it was cheering to hear that her life was to be commemorated by Radio 4 s obituary programe Last Word I was asked to talk about my memories of her and the pony book in general and the marvellous Jilly

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=117 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » Josephine Pullein Thompson, 1924 – 2014
    that Josephine Pullein Thompson author of Six Ponies Pony Club Team and many more titles that exemplified the 20th century pony book phenomenon Six Ponies was one of my very favourite titles as a child and I still have my battered Armada paperback copy It wasn t until about ten years or so ago when I laid hands on a first edition from 1946 that I realised how brutal the editing by Armada had been When we set up Fidra Books Josephine was one of our first authors and I was delighted to meet her I went to her house for afternoon tea and we had a delightful time talking about books horses and generally putting the world to rights Less mobile than she used to be she d also recently taken possession of a mobility scooter nicknamed The Silver Lady and she was conjecturing about how fast it could go if she went up to the park and really opened her up You can take the thoroughbred hunters away from the woman but you ll never take away the joy of speed I heard nothing about devastation being wrought in the local park but I have no doubt that

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=112 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » 10% off all orders until the end of June.
    we d like you all to discover we re offering 10 discount on all orders via our website until midnight on 30th June You don t need to order a copy of Bunkle Brings It Off although it s fantastic goats Russian princess kidnappers and all rather you might want to rediscover the Jill books by Ruby Ferguson enjoy the pony based adventures of the West Barsetshire Pony Club in

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=109 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » A Celebratory Giveaway!
    finally bless us with some generous warmth The prize is that our lucky winner chosen by time honoured name in hat system will be invited to choose one of our in print titles and we will post it to them anywhere in the world free of charge There are two ways of entering The first is to vist our Facebook page like it and leave your name in the comments

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=105 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » Bunkle Brings It Off is imminent!
    end often helping out his father who works for the Secret Service Bunkle Brings It Off involves him with a Russian princess a gang of kidnappers and a goat before he wins through I do love the Bunkle series they re so charmingly off their time and have all the ingredients of a good children s adventure story which ensured their success when they were first published One of my

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=95 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Blog Archive » New book: Jill Has Two Ponies by Ruby Ferguson
    series also published by Fidra who has similarly wry tone and habit of quoting poetry at apt moments My original Knight paperbacks with their rosette covers are very special to me We ve already brought out the first two titles in the Jill series Jill s Gymkhana reprinting and available again in two to three weeks and A Stable For Jill and I m really pleased that we now have

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?p=76 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra News » Uncategorized
    Ruby Ferguson Posted in Uncategorized on April 24th 2013 No Comments The Jill series of pony books by Ruby Ferguson were some of my favourite books as a child Jill Crewe bright and resourceful like all good heroines but there s a dry humour that has always made me laugh It s probably why I ve always had a soft spot for Noel Fielding in Josephine Pullein Archives September 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/news/?cat=1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fidra Books - The Far Island
    tell us from the beginning again what happened when the Head sent for you yesterday Jean drew a long breath Well she said I tottered up to the Simms s room simply shaking in my shoes knocked on the door and crept in and there she was sitting at her desk and looking awfully sad and stern you know and I felt my heart go simply flump right into my boots Then to my surprise she smiled a funny sort of smile and said Come here Jean dear and then she put her arm round me and said that I must be very brave as Father had been killed in a motor smash abroad somewhere I simply didn t know what to say because I knew that she was expecting me to burst into tears and lay my head on her shoulder or something Gosh Fancy laying your head on the Simms s shoulder you d need to be pretty far gone to do that said Mona Well anyhow I just couldn t raise a trickle then because you see Father has always been much too busy or too much away to see a lot of us and Dick and I have never got to know him awfully well Jean paused I don t think he really cared very much for us either she added thoughtfully There was a moment s silence then What did you say prompted Mona Well I didn t say anything I just stood there feeling the most awful ass and staring at her desk and after a minute or two she took her arm away and said Poor child I suppose you hardly realize it yet and then she took up a letter and told me to sit down and said that I was to meet Dick and Father s solicitor Mr Hawkins at Euston to morrow and that I wasn t to do any more work last night and that I was to go to Matron and get a black tie and that Ada would pack my things and that I must say good bye to everyone because I shouldn t be coming back next term Jean paused for breath and there was an awed silence Then Mona said But Jean didn t she say about your great grandmother Oh yes said Jean I forgot about that After she d said about my not coming back I asked why and she said that it was my great grandmother s wish and I just gave a gasp and said that I didn t know I had a great grandmother The Simms looked awfully put out and sort of muttered in her beard you know how she does and said I believe that it is your great grandmother on your dear mother s side and that she is a very old lady over eighty five but Mr Hawkins is taking you to see her to morrow and I expect he will explain things more fully than

    Original URL path: http://www.fidrabooks.com/publishing/chapters/FarIsland.shtml (2016-02-17)
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