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New Forest Adventure

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1953, 213 pp.  Illus Winslade

Thomas Nelson and Sons, Junior Nelson, 1960, 213 pp.

Nelson & Sons, pb, 1961


“Patricia and Bill are spending their holidays in the New Forest, that land of wild ponies. Patricia “adopts” a foal,
which she names Star. It soon becomes apparent, however, that others have their eyes on star, too -- unpleasant
eyes; cold, calculating eyes; eyes which judge horseflesh simply on its potential value as meat…  So, aided by
 two new friends, Fiona and Freddy, they determine not only to save Star but to put an end to the whole nasty
 business altogether -- and in doing so (thanks largely to the inventive Freddy’s wonderful radio contrivance) find
that they have stopped something that was far, far bigger than they knew.”


Bibliography - pony books only


The New Forest Series


New Forest Adventure

New Forest Mystery

New Forest Quest

New Forest Exploits

New Forest Discoveries

New Forest Smugglers

New Forest Pirates

New Forest Vagabond

New Forest Detectives

New Forest Treasure

New Forest Spies

New Forest Mystery

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1954,  230 pp.  Illus Winslade

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1958



Patricia and Bill, Fiona and Frec -- the four friends are together again, and soon find themselves involved in another
more than satisfying mystery. It all begins with a Breton onion-seller and an underground passage beneath a
charcoal-burner’s mound in the forest. The scene switches to the waterside, to one of those same strings of
onions, fallen now into the river, and to the quite frenzied attempts to recover it -- absurdly frenzied for a mere
string of onions! But the inventive Frec has all the apparatus for underwater salvage, so….”


New Forest Quest

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1955,  214 pp.  Illus Winslade



“The quest began with a little old book picked up at a sale; and “picked up” is true, since it disappeared into the
pocket of a most undesirable person. Thenceforward the quest was partly for the book itself, partly for what the
book might lead to, and partly for very big things indeed….”


New Forest Exploits

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1956,  214 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1960



“Vicky believed that she was a great painter. Well, wouldn’t you, if you lived in the country and a London
dealer called especially to buy your paintings? But…”


New Forest Discoveries

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1957,  212 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, Nelson Juniors, 1959, 212 pp.

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, Nelson Juniors, 1961


A brief review of New Forest Discoveries


“Elaine is a horrid child; her elaborate politeness to the grown-up world and her general
beastliness to other children earn the hearty dislike of Pat and Bill, Freddy and Fiona --
especially when she frightens their ponies. The Deverills and the Guises, with their friends
Julia and Ann, need no introduction of course. The affair of Mustard -- an ancient car
 owned by the dashing Smith brothers with whom Elaine is so friendly -- is told in this,
their latest New Forest adventure.”


New Forest Smugglers

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1958,  215 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1963



“A stray budgerigar brings Bill and his friends  to Major Briant’s house, where they meet the Sutton family;
and even Patricia, who is so friendly with Kitty Sutton, has to admit that Kitty’s parents’ behaviour is distinctly
odd.  The Deverills and the Guises, to say nothing of Ann and Julia, are used to Bill’s detective instincts but
this time he really seems to be on to something….”


New Forest Pirates

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1959,  216 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1960

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1962


“Pirates! Yes, real pirates, even though they do operate on land rather than at sea -- and when their activities
bring them into the New Forest, here is naturally a mystery which Bill Deverill, that enthusiastic would-be amateur
detective, considers worthy his attention.  And when those activities come still nearer home, and involve Patricia’s
adored pony, Star -- why, then all the Deverills and all their friends unite to wage ruthless warfare.”


New Forest Vagabond

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1960,  213 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson



A small girl came into the stableyard carrying an attaché case and a blue cardigan, and announced she had
come to stay with you ‘out of the blue’.’ All Bill’s detective instincts were aroused, but “Felicity” was impervious
to questioning and nobody could find out anything about her at all. Was she in any way connected with the
forged pound notes that were being circulated in the district?


New Forest Detectives

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1962, 151 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson


“Though it is true that detection, as always, is at the back of Bill’s mind as he sets out one morning to try to get
a photograph of a green woodpecker, he doesn’t really expect to find himself at once on the trail of a suspect: but
 what coulc be more suspicious than a man who has a beard one moment and is clean-shaven the next? 

The indomitable Julia (and her boat), Freddy, whose latest invention proves to be invaluable, and even The Mug,
supercilious though he might be at first, are all drawn into the case. The results of their investigations may not be
quite what Bill expected, but nevertheless Inspector Foster has reason to be grateful for their enterprise.”


New Forest Treasure

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1963,  207 pp.  Illus Robert Hodgson


“Freddy’s latest invention is a ‘see-through set’, which can give a picture of what is
underground. This device vastly interests different people for different reasons. Naturally
Derek, Freddy’s friend, whose subject is archaeology, foresees all kinds of advantages
in such a set; and then there is Bill, who prides himself on detective talents, and who,
that very summer, is suddenly convinced that Roman gold is hidden beneath Beaulieu
Heath. Together these three friends pool together their interests and plan a treasure-hunt.
But their best laid plans are wrecked by the sudden theft of their valuable set...”

New Forest Spies

Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1964,  208 pp.  Illus Drake Brookshaw


“Bill Deverill is always on the lookout for really ‘suspicious suspects’, but for once he is taken by surprise,
and it is Freddy who draws his attention to the man photographing a house in the distance – or the people
on the terrace – by means of a power telephoto lens fitted to his camera. The peaceful New Forest and the
 river at Beaulieu is suddenly filled with so many strangers watching each other, and being watched
watching, that Bill finds himself perplexed. The only stable thing in all this is that Sven Melvik, Swedish
chemical engineer, is the object of all the espionage and subterfuge.”

Jane’s Lonely Donkey
Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, London, 1958, illus Dick Hart

Reprinted 1959


Whenever Paula and Jane exercise Paula’s new pony, Sunspot, Percy the donkey has to go too.  Paula has
promised not to separate the two, but she soon begins to wonder if she really has to keep her promise.


As Jill Stevens