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Jill's Gymkhana (The Jill Books by Ruby Ferguson Book 1)

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to end; a little light foxing; foot of spine worn; some soiling to boards - a well-read copy Used - Good. This may be an old book, but it is funny and enjoyable, even if I am a little bit older than its target audience!

Money is tight and although Jill dreams of having and riding a pony of her own, she feels it is just that – a dream. Written in the 1950s, and set in post-war England during the 1940s, but not nearly as dated as you might think. I've been a hands-on horse person most of my life and I'm pretty selective about the books and movies I deem worthy of my time.Written in 1949, the book shows its age in the usual way of vintage children's books: the sheer amount of freedom that the children are routinely allowed and, contrastingly, how terrifyingly strict Jill's mother is in some respects.

Anyway my mum had many of these books when she was a kid, and I read them over and over in my teens. Susan makes it very clear just how little she thinks of Jill, and Jill's chances in the local gymkhana. She received her education at Bradford Girls Grammar School and then at St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford, where she read English from 1919 to 1922, gaining a 3rd class BA [2] and, a few years later, the Oxford MA.I bought this book on a whim after a conversation with a friend on the books we used to read as teenagers. Jill Crewe has always wanted a pony and when she meets Farmer Clay, who just happens to have one for sale, she can't wait. As a pony mad child growing up in the 80s, I was spoilt for choice when it came to literary heroines - Jinny, Jackie, Jean (why am I only now realising they all started with “J”? Jill is finishing up a great day at Chatton Show, the equestrian event of the year in her part of the world. Missing an eight-line paragraph where Jill reflects on her upcoming visit to Cecilia’s suggesting she will be ‘at her mercy’; how Aunt Primrose treats Jill like a child and how she doesn’t like her Uncle Henry (her mother’s brother) much.

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