Joan Begbie


British author. Not a hugely prolific writer. She only wrote the one pony book, although did illustrate a book called A Pocketful of Ponies by Jean Cree (which is incidentally a very rare book indeed). She did not however illustrate her own pony story. She also wrote a dog story called Sergeant the Dog and a number of books on walking/hiking.

Horse & Pony Books:

FREELANCE THE PONY
(HOLLIS & CARTER 1947)
ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK GREY
American edition published by Dodd, Mead in 1952
SUMMARY: The story of a New Forest Pony. Freelance was to be Judith's pony but when her father is lost at sea there is no money for luxuries and he is sold to someone else.
PONYMAD VIEW: Although this is set in the usual 'Black Beauty' mould of a horse going downhill in the world it is a better than average example of the type. It is however quite uncompromising in its portrayal of some of the ill treatment the pony suffers so perhaps not for the very sensitive reader.
PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES

Collectors Info:
The book was also published in America and this edition is actually easier to find than the British one, making the book a little easier to find in the USA than in it's homeland! However both editions can be found without too much trouble on internet bookshops. The book which Joan Begbie illustrated, A Pocketful of Ponies, is very rare and usually quite expensive. Her dog story is probably the easiest and cheapest of all her books to find.