Guestbook Volume 1

January - November 2002


From: John Allsup
Posted on: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 06:47 PM

A test message to set up the 'Guestbook'; I hope you enjoy your visits,Cheers,John.

From: Jane Dove
Posted on: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 08:49 PM

Lovely site, will visit again soon

From: Paul Wilson
Posted on: Sunday, January 27, 2002, 01:06 PM

Well done, John. A massive amount of information. Too much to absorb on one visit. I shall be back.

From: Mark O'Hanlon
Posted on: Sunday, January 27, 2002, 02:24 PM

Hi John,Well done - I love the new site, especially the way you've illustrated the title banner with the ME spines. I found myself looking twice in case a Malcolm Saville book had somehow slipped in...Good luck with the venture!All the best,Mark

From: Richard Griffiths
Posted on: Sunday, January 27, 2002, 03:55 PM

Hello John,I enjoyed your web site. Guy Hawley has handed the Malcolm Saville Society web site over to me so it interesting to see another club society's site. I may borrow a few ideas.Hope to see you in Ely.Richard

From: Test
Posted on: Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 08:16 PM

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From: Sally Odgers
Posted on: Friday, February 01, 2002, 01:16 AM

Great site! I've occasionally thought of doing something similar, but now I can rest easy since you've saved me the trouble! I've been a fan of ME since childhood; lovely to meet other devotees. I owe a lot to Monica Edwards. Not only countless hours of enjoyment, but possibly my own 30 year (and counting) writing career. Sally Odgers (Check out my books at my home site of http://www.sallyodgers.com )

From: Sue Curnow
Posted on: Friday, February 01, 2002, 08:24 AM

This site is indeed timely.Will be in the UK between April and June and a visit to "Westling" is planned. Thanks for the great picture tour. Monica Edwards made a huge impact on my reading as a young girl, just loved the stories, the settings and the children although only really liked the Romney Marsh series. I have the books stacked up on a shelf and I admire them often. They are a challenge to find over here in NZ and I bought most of them through UK sites (yes some were about 20 - 25 pounds!) but my bargain was Storm Ahead, mint first edition but without the cover for $1.00. This was bought at a local book fair and completed my collection. Looking forward to the developments of the 2 ME sites and my visit over there. Is the Vicarage B&B in the B&B book the real place?Sue Curnow

From: Helen Lamont
Posted on: Saturday, February 02, 2002, 11:58 AM

What a wonderful site. I am a BIG fan of Monica Edwards' books, especially the Romney Marsh series. I first read Wish For a Pony when I was about 10 and just wanted to 'be' Tamzin. I am now a mother myself and have daughters called Tamsin and Marissa (Rissa). I am trying to collect all of her books just for my own personal use and am enjoying reading them as much today as I did when I was a pony mad child.

From: Liz Gerhold
Posted on: Saturday, February 02, 2002, 04:24 PM

Delighted to find this website!! Nothing to add, but look forward to regular visits. Many thanks for setting it up. Liz

From: Ali McAli
Posted on: Saturday, February 02, 2002, 05:53 PM

So pleased at last to have a proper site dedicated to the wonderful Monica Edwards. Her books kept me alive through years of severe childhood illness and had a huge influence on my life. I have many of the books, but still not the complete works. In fact I have never seen a complete list before and am very pleased to find one. A fascinating web site (the best and most exciting I have ever seen actually). I regret that I never let her know how much her writing meant to me and how much she contributed to shaping my attitude and life. Well done for such an excellent site.

From: catherine wuidart
Posted on: Monday, February 04, 2002, 03:29 PM

it is wonderful to find this site with the full list of books and publishing details which explain why I am having trouble finding certain books. I guess there are not many of A Wind is Blowing and The Wild One around. I loved these books as a child, dreamed like Tamzin of having an Arab horse and did unexpectedly end up with an Anglo-arab just like Cascade in character, although in colour like Nanti. I am now rereading as many books as we can find with my 9 year old niece, who loves them as much as I did and still do. I did write to thank Monica Edwards recently for her wonderful inspiration - sadly too late - but her daughter replied, which was a lovely surprise and gave me this website address. So many thanks for it. Next time my niece stays I'm bringing her in to the library to look at the book covers.

From: Steven B Handy
Posted on: Friday, February 08, 2002, 04:09 PM

Hi John thanks for your letterSite is jolly goodlook forward to Saville versionall the bestSteven

From: Jill Goulder
Posted on: Sunday, February 10, 2002, 01:05 PM

Hello - Richard Wright of the other Monica site e-mailed me and others with the link to your very interesting website. I don't know whether you subscribe to Folly and/or have read my Monica articles therein? I had met and got to know Monica over the last few years of her life, and coincidentally uncovered the identity of the real Meryon. Do keep me in touch with news and developments - I'd be interested in participating (eg writing pieces).

From: carol mccaffrey
Posted on: Sunday, February 24, 2002, 10:11 PM

hi there great site, have been a great fan since childhood, great to know I'm not alone. i have collected a most of the books over the years. I would love to visit punchbowl farm, do you think we would every get a chance one day, even a wonder around the punchbowl would be great, I went their once about 18 years ago would love to go back.I'm sure I will visit this site often. any chance of an up to date photo of Punchbowl farm?

From: Andrea Degg
Posted on: Monday, February 25, 2002, 06:43 PM

Wonderful surprise to find this website. I have loved Monica Edward's books since I was a child but I am finding it very difficult to get hold of them now. Will definitely visit the site again.Andrea Degg

From: Sarah Burn
Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2002, 01:57 PM

At last, a need has been met. Thank you,John, for your beautifully-designed and -produced website. Like other visitors I've loved Monica Edwards' books since I was 9 or 10 (Armada pbs) and in the last few years I've been able to buy them all in hb (even 'Storm Ahead', though not all with dws. The Romney Marsh books are my favourite series of children's books (yes, when it comes to the crunch, more than the Chalet School or Abbey series). She created marvellously memorable characters and my enjoyment has been greatly enhanced by reading Jill Goulder's fascinating accounts in Folly magazine (a must for any fan of children's books) of her relationship with Monica.

From: Karen White
Posted on: Saturday, March 02, 2002, 12:41 PM

I've just become interested in collecting the books of Monica Edwards. I haven't got any yet, nor have I read any (or not since childhood, which is a long time ago!).Your site is brilliant, packed with so much invaluable information both for a beginner like myself or indeed a dedicated collector. Keep up the good work!

From: Anne Hand
Posted on: Monday, March 11, 2002, 10:43 PM

It's great to find a website about Monica Edwards and one that's so comprehensive - many thanks. It's also great to know so many people are still interested in her and her books. Like one of your other e-mailers I've been fascinated since I was about 10 and was given Wish for a Pony and "wanted to be Tamzin". (I would have called my daughter Tamzin too but couldn't persuade my husband).

From: Priscilla Foot
Posted on: Wednesday, March 13, 2002, 07:09 PM

Thank you so much for your lovely site! Such a thrill to find one is not the only idiot who still loves the books that were such a great part of one's childhood! One plea - could you list the books in each series - I have about 10 of the Romney Marsh ( my favourite as a child & now ) but am sure I have not the complete set. It would be nice to know which titles go with which series! Once again, many thanks!

From: Diane Chew
Posted on: Sunday, March 17, 2002, 09:29 PM

How wonderful to finally find an M.E. web-site. Bravo

From: Diane Chew
Posted on: Sunday, March 17, 2002, 10:15 PM

(Tried to e.mail this to Sue Curnow's address but my system wouldn't recognise it.)Yes, Sue, The Old Vicarage At Rye Harbour is indeed Tamzin's vicarage. And It is exactly right as is the rest of "Westling"/Rye Harbour. I can reccommend the B&B - fantastic breakfasts and Jonathan and Wanda make you very welcome. I stay there regularly. If you'd like their telephone number let me know. Jonathan has a web-site but don't try booking through it! The only disappointment I've encountered was recently when I wanted to take my horse down with me. I couldn't find any livery for him - there are no riding stables nearer than Battle and Hastings - and I discovered that there are no bridle paths around the Castle and over to Winchelsea/Winklesea. So, no following Tamzin's rides with Rissa, Siani and Cascade. (OK -

From: honor wimlett
Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 03:21 PM

Thank you for a great website! Very informative - I love the illustrated dustwrappers and book information.One tiny comment - it may be me, but I kept clicking on "publications" at the top and getting nothing. Then eventually discovered that I could click on the titles at the side window to get the book details. I nearly logged out without seeing these - perhaps it should be made clearer as the impression is that the website is all available from the links at the top.I will definitely return to this site!Regards,Honor

From: Margaret Ramage
Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 11:00 PM

Brilliant site well done! It was wonderful to see the real locations which have existed for so long in my imagination.I have read the books many times allthough some have proved elusive. I would love to visit the locations for myself one day, any chance of a group visit?

From: Belinda Collins
Posted on: Wednesday, March 20, 2002, 02:37 PM

Hi John, well done, good site. Sorry we won't see you in ElyLove Belinda

From: Diane Brierley
Posted on: Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 02:06 PM

What a wonderful website! - and I've only just discovered it..but thank God I did!I first read 'Wish For A Pony' when I was about 8 [1962] and fell totally in love with it, the characters, the setting. EVERYTHING! I still have a copy [the one with the yellow boards and red writing - sadly no dustwrapper!]After reading this magnificent and wonderful book,which really turned me into the bookworm I am today, my mother was made to go out and find me "will always be my favourite book , no matter what age I live to be !My favourites are the Romney Marsh books - but I will always have a special place in my heart for 'Punchbowl Farm' too. Now living in Kent, I am able to pop down to 'Westling' whenever I like. It is always pleasing to note that the magic of visiting it never diminishes! It transports

From: Diane Chew
Posted on: Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 10:47 PM

I have all the "Romney Marsh" books, many in first edition - yes, I'm that old - and 2 or 3 "Punchbowl" ones.I wonder if anyone knows about a short story by M.E. published in an album-type book with articles of all sorts in it. The story concerns a group of children and their encounter with a girl on a horse who appears to be very snooty and who ignores their smiles and nods. It later transpires that the girl is blind and the horse is trained as a "seeing eye" horse. It was my first experience of recognising an author's work by recognising her style of writing before I ever noticed the name of the writer. I was about 11 at the time. The book is long gone but I'd be interested to know if anyone else remembers it or its title.

From: John Allsup
Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2002, 09:49 AM

The story you mean is 'The Telegram', cheers, John

From: Diane
Posted on: Saturday, April 13, 2002, 01:05 AM

Thanks, John. BTW the ME website got a mention on The Archers message boards recently. You do get about, don't you.Diane

From: Clare Kirk
Posted on: Saturday, April 13, 2002, 10:12 AM

Great site - got here due to reference on The Archers boards (thanks Diane?!). These books were discussed there a while back and I thought then I had most of them!Now going to look at Malcom Saville site.

From: sidesaddlelady
Posted on: Monday, April 15, 2002, 10:17 PM

Those of you who aren't already aware of it may be interested to know that the loss of the life-boat in "Storm Ahead" is based on the real life loss of the Rye Harbour life-boat "Mary Stanford" in 1920s with all hands many of whose bodies were never recovered. There is a very moving memorial in the Rye Harbour churchyard. The full story might be worth an airing, John.

From: sidesaddlelady
Posted on: Monday, April 15, 2002, 10:29 PM

BTW forgot to mention that I'm sure I remember seeing a children's hour programme on the BBC probably in the '50s about M.E. and the farm. Shaun and Shelley were on it too.Anyone else remember it?

From: Clarissa
Posted on: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 05:36 AM

Thanks so much for this website--an excellent resource. I'm only 22, but I've enjoyed a few of ME's books and hope to enjoy many more. I used to read The Midnight Horse every summer when I went to visit my grandmother in Finland. It was available in the (excellent) English language children's section of the library in her town, actually in a collection called Three Great Pony Stories. Lately I had been thinking about the book again but couldn't remember the name of the author, so I searched for "Romney Marsh" and "Midnight Horse" on the Internet and so was able to find out it was Monica Edwards. Since then I've managed to find The White Riders and Punchbowl Harvest (I'm mainly interested in the Romney series), and I ordered Wish for a Pony just a few days ago! I am longing to read The Midnight Horse again (in

From: Barbara Johnson
Posted on: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 07:16 AM

I am seeking books for my granddaughter which I enjoyed. I never forgot reading a book by Monica Edwards called 'The Mouse and the Mermaid'. It is not listed on your list of publications. Did she not write it?

From: Rona Falconer
Posted on: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 02:15 PM

Lost my original message! Nonetheless, wonderful to see another Monica Edwards fan. Have appreciated her since the 50s, first via the Childrens Book club, and subsequently conscientiously buying new. Never convinced about farming, but living in a small lifeboat containing town, appreciated that side.

From: bridget haslegrave
Posted on: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 09:43 PM

very pleased to find your website. fan of ME for 40 years.new to computers and email so might mess up communications.keen to join any society for fans. very familiar with rye locations (currently trying to guess site of Taverners) and learning Surrey

From: Andrew Duff
Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2002, 05:04 PM

Lovely site. I'm addicted to The White Riders - having re-read much of the output last year, still find it probably her best book (mind you, the cover frightened me at first as a child)

From: Debbie
Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2002, 10:48 PM

I read "The White Riders" (originally given to Mum!) as a child and started looking for ME books when I was about 16. 10 years (goodness am I that old!) on I have a good selection. Looking for ME books led me to Malcolm Saville and I'm v. pleased to have found a ME site at last. The last time I looked for one I only found the Rye tourism site (and had the pleasure of correcting their statement that she wasn't published any more-it now has links to Amazon for the still published ones). Let's get the rest of them published again!

From: Eugene B Sullivan
Posted on: Friday, April 19, 2002, 08:36 PM

There's something about her!It shines through her writing especially in books like 'The White Riders'.She was the most formative writer of my childhood.'The White Riders' would make an great film.

From: Cynthia Davies
Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2002, 09:29 AM

Thanks for setting up the web site - long overdue. I've been a fan of ME for as long as I can remember and have several of her books. I always regret only borrowing from the local library when younger and wish I'd acquired more to keep. They're like gold dust these days. Iíll be back.

From: Mary Oldham
Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2002, 12:07 PM

I am delighted to encounter your website.I am a school librarian living in Wales, and I write fiction for teenagers published by the Welsh press Gwasg Gomer. I am a lifelong fan of Monica Edwards's books - they made my childhood in the 1950s bearable and my only ambition was to visit Punchbowl Farm. One of my most treasured books is an old library copy of The Unsought Farm which like you I still read and re-read.A number of years ago (about 1996 I think) I was able to stay in the converted stable flat at Punchbowl Farm which now belongs to friends of a friend. I was able to wander round the farm at will, and was also fortunate enough to meet Monica Edwards in the rambling bungalow build in what was the 'Old Orchard'. She made me very welcome despite being virtually blind. I subsequently helped her register

From: John Allsup
Posted on: Sunday, April 28, 2002, 07:36 AM

Mary's message was too long for the Guestbook and so was chopped. I emailed her, and have the ending !"The tantalising bit that got chopped off was that I helped Monica Edwards register the large print editions of her books about the badgers and the farm etc. with the Public Lending Right agency - I do hope she made a bit of money out of it although it can't have been all that long before she died."Thanks Mary, Cheers, John

From: Caroline O'Sullivan
Posted on: Thursday, May 09, 2002, 08:40 PM

Great site John. I especially liked seeing what the dustwrappers look like.Best wishesCaroline

From: jay, isle of man
Posted on: Thursday, May 09, 2002, 11:35 PM

Great to see site for monica edwards, still read these books, spirit of pb farm is still wonderful today, keep up the good work!

From: Angela Hodge
Posted on: Sunday, May 12, 2002, 02:08 PM

Loved the site. Will visit regularly

From: Amelia Lindsay
Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 09:16 AM

I was overjoyed to discover this site! I have all the Romney Marsh and Punchbowl Farm books and re-read them constantly (although I am nearly 24)My middle name is Tamzin and when I finally persuaded my parents to let me have a pony of course I named him Cascade.

From: Fiona
Posted on: Monday, May 27, 2002, 07:47 PM

Another fan from the '50s here and thrilled to find this wonderful site. I started collecting last year through eBay and the list of different editions will be very useful - I wouldn't have bought one from NZ yesterday if I'd known it was abridged! Never mind, I'll resell when I find a better copy...unless I become hooked on finding *all* editions.

From: Debbie Mallinson
Posted on: Sunday, June 16, 2002, 05:42 AM

Thank you for this wonderful informative site. I was given the Midnight Horse in the Collins 3 Great Ponies Stories when I was about 10 and have adored the story ever since. I have read and reread it so many times over the following 26 years and have always loved the characters and the setting so much, and wondered whether the setting was real-now I know!! I had never thought to use the internet to find out more about Monica and any other published works until I finished reading The Midnight Horse (again!!) about an hour ago. I am delighted to have found you. I am now inspired to try and find copies of the other books in the Marsh series. I find it so fascinating that there are so many others who like me have never tired of reading these beautifully written stories. Thank you again and I will visit often!

From: Judith
Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2002, 08:02 AM

Hello Sue Another ME Kiwi collector here. Fantastic site especially the info on various dustjackets.My collection started with a 2nd reprint of No Mistaking Corker in original dustjacket design. Beautiful condition for just $1.00.

From: Louise Stothard
Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2002, 08:06 PM

Well done for an excellent web site for a splendid writer who has been ignored for too long -

From: Steve Smith
Posted on: Saturday, June 22, 2002, 12:56 AM

After reading 'Wish for a pony' in the mid-sixtys I spent my next 15 years around horses and loved every minute. Although it appears that the books were targeted more for girls they struck a chord with me. I read almost all the books and especially liked the later books like 'Hidden in a dream' and 'A Wind is blowing'. I cannot walk past a car boot sale without see if there are any M.E. books for sale. Maybe one day the books and their illustrations will be available for all to see on the Internet! Thanks for a great site.

From: Isolde Pullum
Posted on: Monday, June 24, 2002, 11:55 AM

It is good to know that the appreciation of Monica Edwards is shared by other people. I have three or four books still to find and the thrill of the search is keen! I am only interested in her inspirational stories, which I read and read again, - still delightful every time.

From: Diane
Posted on: Monday, July 01, 2002, 09:56 PM

I really enjoyed the website, I have been collecting Monica Edwards books for 30 years, and still read them!.

From: Marjory Linford
Posted on: Tuesday, July 02, 2002, 03:51 PM

Delighted to have found this website and read letters from fans of Monica Edwards, who like me were avid readers about the adventures of the Westling girls Tamzin & Rissa and their ponies. I am relocating to Spain and sadly must get rid of all my books all dated c.1950 some with dust covers but all in good condition. I also have the first edition of Black Hunting Whip published by Collins exactly as described on this site with the dust cover intact. Anyone interested, please contact me. Congratulations on producing such a great website. I will certainly be back on a regular basis.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Saturday, July 06, 2002, 11:14 AM

Unusual for a boy, perhaps, but I too was addicted to the works of ME some 40 or more years ago. I still live about 5 miles away from the Punchbowl and walk there often. BTW, it is common local knowledge, but do people know that the mill in Frenchman's Secret is now owned by Roger Taylor (drummer with Queen). It looks like Fort Knox from the outside!Best wishes with the siteBrian Parks

From: Carole Wells
Posted on: Saturday, July 06, 2002, 07:05 PM

What an excellent site! I've long been a fan of Monica's books, collecting them as and when I find them, and discovered your site quite by chance! I spent a holiday in Rye last year, visiting all the places I recognised in the books. I look forward to visiting your site often. thank you for creating it!

From: Gail Kavanagh
Posted on: Sunday, July 07, 2002, 07:40 AM

I am so delighted to have found this site. I loved the books of Monica Edwards and read every one. Lyndsey was solely responsible for my learning to play the recorder, and Tamzin inspired me to decorate my walls with a frieze of black horses. I was lucky enough to be able to visit the places in her books. It is a beautiful area. I live in Australia now, but I have never forgotten the pleasure her books gave me.

From: Marjory Linford
Posted on: Tuesday, July 09, 2002, 11:57 AM

Further to my email last week when I said I had some books for sale, I have decided to keep them as I really cannot bear to part with them!! Even at my advanced age, they are a good read. I am still amazed at how collectable the books are, particularly the older ones, and I love the illustrations by Anne Bullen. No, I simply cannot get rid of them so I am taking John's advice - hang onto them.Good luck with the site, it really is brilliant and a I shall be back for another look on a regular basis.

From:
Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2002, 09:18 AM

Well I have done it! have just returned home to NZ after 3 months away. while in the Uk I stayed in "Monica's house", the B&B at Rye harbour. Photographed everything, even the drainpipe. Couldn't go to the attic room as the owner's son has it for a bedroom. But one could imagine all the stories taking place. Read a letter that Monica had written to the children of the house after she had visited there in 1987. It was such a special time being there. Looking forward to the photos to put in my folder about Monica. Sue.

From: Sue Curnow
Posted on: Wednesday, July 17, 2002, 10:00 AM

The message on July 11th came from Sue Curnow (curnow@ts.co.nz) Forgot to log in properly.

From: Tamara
Posted on: Wednesday, July 17, 2002, 08:29 PM

I read Monica Edwards when I was a child and have been hooked ever since. I have now started to re-collect her books and am finding it rather hard. I was wondering if anybody had a full collection of the Romney Marsh series which might be available on loan so I can read the whole series even if I can't collect it?

From: Catherine Wuidart
Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2002, 07:36 PM


From: CatherineWuidartH
Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2002, 07:45 PM

Having read the last message, if anyone in Herts has a copy of Storm Ahead or The Wild One (neither of which I have ever read) that they would be wiolling to loan I would promise to take very good care of them. I have collected most of the others but can't find these. Tel 01438 714585. I don't have e-mail. I'm thrilled to have found The Valley and the Farm yesterday, which I'd al;so not read. Excuse typos, the delete is not working!

From: Linda Bruce
Posted on: Sunday, July 21, 2002, 10:24 PM

Wonderful to find this site via Richard Wright's 'From the Punchbowl' site. For me as for so many others who've commented already, Monica Edwards was the formative author of my childhood and teenage years, and has shaped much of what I've gravitated towards in life. (And I'm another thwarted namer of a daughter 'Tamzin'!)Still looking to complete my collection, but nothing in recent years has been so deeply satisfying than finding 'Black Hunting Whip' and reliving a whole web of forgotten sensations and reactions - a very Proustian experience. 'Storm Ahead' is also a quite beautiful work, and the ghost of my teenage self has fallen in love with Meryon recently on re-reading 'No Going Back'Am now looking forward to the possibility of location visits and meeting other enthusiasts.

From: Richard Wright
Posted on: Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 12:39 PM

Just a note to say thank you for linking to the Monica Edwards Society "From the Punchbowl" ( http:\\www.punchbowl.freeuk.com ) which is now 40+ members strong, and whose first magazine will be out soon. Thank you also for giving me free rein to quote from your pages here to put your considerable labours into hard print. And rest assured, all such copying will be checked with you first and very gratefully acknowledged!Congratulations and many thanks indeed for a well planned, informative Site.Richard Wright

From: gillian dowdle
Posted on: Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 03:49 PM

helloi just wanted to say how pleased i am to find a web site devoted to monica edwards and her books. i have always loved her books ever since i was given "wish for a pony" by a favourite aunt. i now have a "motley" collection of various editions of her books and would not part with them for anything! please continue with the very interesting web-site- it made my day to come upon it.gillian dowdle from poole, dorset

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Saturday, August 03, 2002, 10:21 PM

Anyone know what's happened to the Rye Harbour web-site? I haven't been able to get into it for a while.

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Saturday, August 03, 2002, 10:23 PM

Re the article published in Woman's Journal : It might have been possible to get hold of a copy of this from the mag but unfortunately it ceased publication earlier this year.

From: elizabeth williams
Posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 12:29 AM

Since I first read Wish for a Pony in the late 50s I have been fascinated by the two series of books, especially the Romney Marsh series. This became an obsession in the 80s and 90s when I could not obtain a copy of the only book I didn't own and hadn't read-Storm Ahead. Eventually I was found a copy by a booksearch(Puffin edition) in 1998. It was very strange to read it for the first time in my late forties. The magic was there but I was far more critical. It seemed very uneven in pace, tailing off after the night of the storm.

From: Jill Goulder
Posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 07:11 PM

Gosh (blush) - how VERY nice of you to write such a good 'puff' about my Folly magazine articles on Monica. Thank you! and may the website flourish.

From: Gaie Brown
Posted on: Thursday, September 05, 2002, 03:27 PM

What a lovely surprise, to find that I'm not the only adult Monica Edwards fan. I've read and re-read those of her books that I can lay my hands on - they never fail to delight. But when, oh when will I ever get to read The Wild One? I certainly can't afford the current second-hand prices being asked and in any case it's so scarce. I'd be happy to find it in any old condition just so I can read it. I don't suppose some enterprising person would think of having it photocopied???... Heavens, I didn't say that did I?Congratulations on an excellent site.

From: Pamela Ellis
Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2002, 08:12 PM

I'm delighted to find this website. I thought I was the only fan! A few years ago my then teenage daughter and I stayed in 'Tamzin's Vicarage' in Rye Harbour, which was then a guest house, and explored all the places which were so familiar from the books. I'm currently re-reading the Westling series, though my set is not complete, alas. Does anyone know a good source (paperback, hardback, any edition as long as all the pages are there!)

From: Fiona Robin
Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2002, 11:00 PM

Thank you for your wonderful site. I have loved Monica Edwards for over 30 years. When I moved from Glasgow to London 15 years ago, one of the first things I did was to buy a map of the Hindhead area and go on a search for Punchbowl Farm. I had no knowledge of the real farm, but figured out that it was based on an actual place and I finally pinpointed it to Pitlands Farm. The fields on the map are identical to the map of Punchbowl Farm. It was such a thrill to actually be looking at that wonderful old house. I took a few pictures of it and cherish them.I wanted to knock on the door and ask about it, but chickened out. If only I had I might have found out that Monica Edwards was alive and living locally.I always thought that I was the only person who had such a passion for her books, so this site is

From: Karen Barton
Posted on: Tuesday, September 24, 2002, 12:09 PM


From: Susan Finlay
Posted on: Tuesday, October 01, 2002, 01:02 AM

I Live in Adelaide, Australia. Been a fan for years, read bits when young, started collecting a few years ago. Got them all now, except a few stories and articles.Do you supply photocopies of those unattainable? Am studying Children's lit. realism and doing an essay on fact and fiction - "Storm ahead" and the Stanford lifeboat disaster -picked up a booklet when visiting Rye and Rye harbour in Jan,2001.Went to Punchbowl too. Stayed in the Old Vicarage. It is great to have the info on internet. before the Folly articles, i found out most things for myself.Haven't counted the words so ending now.Susan

From: Jane Stan-Bishop
Posted on: Sunday, October 13, 2002, 09:23 AM

I am excited to find this site. I first read Wish For A Pony when I was about 10 and loved it. I'm now 40 - odd and still haven't found all M.E.s books I would live to be able to buy some.

From: Lou
Posted on: Saturday, October 19, 2002, 01:33 AM

I found this site quite by accident while searching for another out of print author and very pleased I am too! I read some of these books as pony mad child along with many others, but these still retain their charm for me as an adult. For years now, I've been going into secondhand bookshops and very rarely finding a copy for my collection, or anyone who knew what author I was talking about, so it's a joy to find a site devoted to them!

From: David Cass
Posted on: Sunday, October 20, 2002, 04:47 AM

How pleasant to find a website about these lovely books - I loved them when I was a youngster! I have often wondered whether there were real prototype locations for the books - and now I know. Now resident in New Zealand, it'll be a while before I can look them up for myself, alas.Thanks for your effort in putting up this site. David Cass

From: lynne hewitt
Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2002, 04:44 PM

great to find the site. I've been a fan since i first started reading her childrens boks in the 60's and later her cat books

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From: Catherine Wuidart
Posted on: Friday, October 25, 2002, 04:34 PM

Heartfelt thanks to your website. I left a message asking if anyone local could lend me Storm Ahead ior The Wild One which I had never read and was contacted by someone who has generously GIVEN me a spare copy of Storm Ahead. I had recently joked with a bookshop owner, after finding the Nightbird, that it would need a miracle to find Storm Ahead. So thanks to Jackie, miracles and the kindness of Monica Edwards' enthusiasts. I found Storm Ahead very powerful, especially Tamzin's journey on Cascade in the floods and Lindsey overcoming her fear. And now my niece is thrilled we have another Tamzin book to share!

From: Sue Pamby
Posted on: Friday, October 25, 2002, 09:24 PM

What a find! I thought it was only me who loved Monica Edwards' books as a child (and later!). My eldest daughter is named Tamsin, and one weekend I dragged my husband around Rye Harbour for hours trying to explain why I was so excited about the place. He obviously did not read pony books as a child! I never manged to read all the books about Tamsin and have trawled second hand shops etc since trying to re-find what I can. My Tamsin is now 9 years old and just the right age to appreciate the originator of her name. I must show her this site. Thank you.

From: Rosemary Corroon
Posted on: Saturday, October 26, 2002, 02:41 PM

I am looking for a copy of Storm Ahead as it is the only one of M.E.'s books Ido not have .Anyone have any info. about shop,dealer or website where I might find it?

From: Gabrielle
Posted on: Sunday, October 27, 2002, 10:00 AM

Thank you for the website. I had no idea anyone else was as passionate about the books as I am, but did wonder why they were so hard to come by.I am new to computers and until I found this site was not impressed but now I see why people go on about this internet thing. Sorry I can't join but I do not have a printer and have not mastered the art of E mailing yet.

From: Shelagh Murphy
Posted on: Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 05:41 PM

I have a spare copy of White Riders (unabridged,no dust jacket, excellent condition) which I would like to swop for Nightbird,or any Punchbowl Farm series except for Punchbowl Midnight or Frenchmans Secret, in hardback and unabridged.Wonderful site, enormous thanks for setting it up

From: Fiona
Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2002, 12:17 AM

Is there any chance of changing the format of the Guestbook so that latest entries are on top, similar to your list of updates please? With the increasing number of entries it takes ages to scroll down to find the most recent messages.

From: John
Posted on: Friday, November 01, 2002, 07:41 PM

In reply to the above: Thanks Fiona, good point.
I don't think that there is anything I can do to reverse the storage, as it's a program provided by btopenworld and I've no idea how it works. However, there are two 'solutions':1. I shall start a new 'volume' as soon as I've time.and 2. To speed up scrolling, click on the little bar and holding it, whiz it down to the bottom. Hope this helps.
Cheers,
John