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Ethelind Fearon’s output was mostly non-fiction. She opened a tea house, and wrote widely on cookery: Fancy Cakes and Pastries and Home-made Sweets, Candies and Fudge being just two of her titles. From the snippets I’ve been able to find, going to dinner with her must have been an experience: it’s not everyone who will serve you cold rice pudding, stewed prunes, lettuce, oil and lemon juice all in the same dish and inform you you are eating salad.

She also wrote on the joys of pig-keeping (Me and Mr Mountjoy), as well as a few children’s books for Lutterworth (The Secret of the Chateau and The Sheep-dog Adventure). Her one horse-related book is Pluckrose’s Horse. It is so long ago that I read (and indeed sold) the one copy I’ve ever had, I can’t comment on it, but bearing in mind her cookery, I’d like to read it again.

Finding the book: tricky to track down, so can be erratically priced.

Sources and links

British Library catalogue

Ethelind Fearon on etiquette
Ethelind Fearon on making a salad (and other things)

Ethelind Fearon

Pluckrose’s Horse

Lutterworth, London, 1955, illus Richard Kennedy, 191 pp.

This is the story of the Pluckroses of Abbey Farm, and their horse, who in fact is not a horse at all
but a pony. The Pluckrose family go to a circus at Olympia, and bring home a rather unpredictable
performing pony. They call him Hoppy, as when his mind is on the job he can jump anything.
Unfortunately, they cannot discover what exactly it is that makes him jump, so sometimes he is
appalling, sometimes brilliant, and sometimes he won’t jump at all.

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