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Josephine Pullein-Thompson RIP

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson, one of the three Pullein-Thompson sisters, has died aged ninety. She was a redoubtable woman. There’s an obituary here.

Pictured, first edition of I Had Two Ponies, 1947, illustrated by Anne Bullen. The sisters wrote so many pony books; Josephine’s are my favourites, although I haven't kept many.

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I love the illustrations in the horsey books of that time; there was a similarity between the fictional ones and the BHS instructional ones.

Josephine Pullein-Thompson and her sisters provided most of my reading material as a horse-mad London child.
I particularly like Anne Bullen's illustrations.

Do you still find the books readable?
I re-read a Jill book a couple of years ago, and it was. I sometimes flick through the books to look at the illustrations.