Monica Dickens

4 children’s books by the writer

Monica Dickens was a great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and born in 1915, She was one of the two or three best-selling woman's novelists of her generation. She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School, but was expelled after throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge. She joined a drama school before being presented at Court in 1935. During the war she worked as a nurse and in a Spitfire factory, and began writing novels. Praise came with every book: JB Priestley wrote 'Monica Dickens gets better and better', AS Byatt argued that she was much underestimated. John Betjeman declared that she was a novelist 'who has all the airs and graces a reader could wish for'. Monica Dickens felt the challenge to write for children and began in the 1970s. Her Follyfoot books were made into one of the most successful TV series for children of the 1970s and remain a favourite of horse-lovers everywhere. Monica Dickens loved riding and she kept horses. She died in 1985

9-11 years

Follyfoot

Monica Dickens

Follyfoot

Follyfoot Farm is a retirement home for old or unwanted horses, invariably horses rescued from a cruel fate or cruel owners. It's run by the Colonel who is helped by his stepdaughter, Callie, and two stable-hands, Dora and Steve ...

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9-11 years

Follyfoot

Monica Dickens

Follyfoot

Follyfoot Farm is a retirement home for old or unwanted horses, invariably horses rescued from a cruel fate or cruel owners. It's run by the Colonel who is helped by his stepdaughter, Callie, and two stable-hands, Dora and Steve ...

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The House at World's End

Monica Dickens

The House at World's End

Carrie, Tom, Em and Michael Fielding encounter unexpected adventures when they are sent to live with their uncle and aunt after their house burns down. While their father is away and their mother is in hospital, they are left in ...

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9-11 years

Dora at Follyfoot

Monica Dickens

Dora at Follyfoot

The Colonel, owner of Follyfoot, the Home of Rest for Horses, has been ill and has to go away to convalesce. Dora and Steve are left in charge, with the strict instruction, 'Don't buy any horses'. But when Dora ...

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