Guestbook Volume 2

November 2002-October 2004


From: Helen
Posted on: Monday, November 04, 2002, 09:07 PM

Wow! so we're on to Volume 2 of the guestbook. This site is just so popular and who can wonder! If anyone is selling any ME books, please contact me as I wish to buy some titles. thanks, Helen

From: Nicola
Posted on: Wednesday, November 06, 2002, 06:40 AM

Delightful to see the pre-1947 photo of Punchbowl Farm looking just as I imagined it. But I was horrified to learn that the truly hideous bungalow which squats beside the farm was built by the Edwards themselves! Readers who would like to know more about how this lovely region of Surrey looked when it was still safe to ride to school on a pony might enjoy the Gertrude Jekyll book 'Old West Surrey' which has recently been reprinted.

From: Gaie Brown
Posted on: Friday, November 08, 2002, 03:07 PM

Amazing to see so many fans of ME's books. Is there any hope whatsoever of those of us who haven't got The Wild One and A wind is Blowing being able to find them, or buy them even if they do turn up? The last time I saw The Wild One for sale it was over $200. There must be some way round this - I'd swap many of my Westling Books for the chance to read the last Punchbowl story. Any chance of setting up an exchange and/or for-sale column? Or hey, perhaps someone could put The Wild One on the net in installments? Well. it was only an idea.....

From: Anne Rennard
Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2002, 12:23 PM

I have read Monica Edward's books since I was 10 and am now 63! My two children devoured them avidly in their turn with the result that my copies of her books are battered .I once met Monica Edwards when I was about 17. We bought a Siamese cat from her ( mentioned in The Cats of Punchbowl Farm) called Soames. It is ages since I reread her books and I will now go and dig them out !

From: Liz Ashley
Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2002, 04:49 PM

Hi John,Great to see this site - had no idea there were so many other fans. I have most of her books, but seem to be chasing the elusive ones everybody else is! When are we going to see them ALL back in print?Will visit again soon

From: Kate Hartland-Westwood
Posted on: Monday, November 18, 2002, 07:02 PM

What a lovely website! I too read Monica Edwards' books as a child. I had almost forgotten them until I found this site, which has brought back many happy childhood memories. I had most, though not all, of her books until I went to university, when my mother gave them to a charity shop, as I was too old for them - 30 years later I am now scouring bookshops to replace my copies.What lovely, innocent books they were, unlike many children's books published today.

From: Veronica Keywood
Posted on: Monday, December 02, 2002, 10:36 PM

Dear JohnI really enjoy browsing your website, Mr Bosher at Rye Vicarage told me about it. We stayed there back in the summer and I reread some of the books. Though your website I have been abale to get in touch with some booksellers in the hope of increasing my collection. I particularly want "Storm Ahead". My interest started when for my eighth birthday a friend gave me a paperback copy of "Wish for a Pony" and "Jill's Riding Club", both of which I still have. For a long time I thought it was only me that enjoyed her books and its nice to know that there are a lot of her fans stil enjoying her writing.Best wishes.Veronica Keywood

From: Catherine Preston
Posted on: Tuesday, December 17, 2002, 10:31 PM

Although I knew there were lots of other Monica Edwards fans out there, I never realised she had her own web site! How lovely to discover this. Like many I read most of the books in the 60s. Sadly, I forgot about them for 30 years and lost all but two of my old Armada paperbacks.Then in 1994 I reread Wish for a Pony and decided to collect them all again. I still haven't managed a complete set of 1st editions, but have them all on some form, including a copy of A Wind is Blowing sent to me by Monica herself when I wrote to her in the mid 1990s. The books portray an England that has disappeared forever. I hope they continue to be read and cherished by future generations.

From: Julie Mouger
Posted on: Thursday, December 19, 2002, 12:24 AM

What a delight to find this website to plunder ! Since reading some of Monica Edwards' books as a child, i've been trying to acquire as many as possible now i'm "grown-up" as they are such a joy to read and re-read.Like many others, i longed to be Tamzin, so the Romney Marsh stories are my favourite.I have a couple of "swapsies" available, but i heartily second the suggestion made a month or so ago - how about serialising some of the books online ?I'm not into making money, or lining the pockets of people jumping onto the bandwagon - i just want to know what happens to the characters we know and love !Hoping to hear from fellow ME fans ... Regards from, Julie.

From: John
Posted on: Sunday, December 22, 2002, 06:12 PM

Unfortunately any such publication of the books would be in breach of copyright law. Maybe we could get them (all?) republished. Some sensible TV executive should realise what a hit they would be, and a snip to film. TV serialisation would lead immediately to new sales . . . That's my pipe dream.My Christmas wish.John

From: Elizabeth Rolley
Posted on: Monday, December 23, 2002, 02:02 PM

What a joy to find your web site! I started reading Monica Edwards' books at around the age of ten. I am now approaching 56, and still read the with as much enjoyment as ever. I am desperately trying to find The Wild One and A Wind is Blowing for a friend of mine (I am fortunate enough to have found them for myself) at an affordable price. Ionce wrote to Monica, probably about 15 years ago, and received a lovely letter in reply. I was so sorry to hear of her death.

From: Moira
Posted on: Tuesday, December 24, 2002, 09:32 AM

Growing up I wasn't into horses and didn't much like the countryside yet there was a timeless magic about the ME books that cast a spell over me. On re-reading them as an adult (who still doesn't like horses but has now moved from London to the country) I'm amazed at how much I remembered and how magical they still are. And I love the idea that through this site the books and their characters can be kept even more alive. And any way that makes finding the inevitable gaps in the collection an easier task is very welcome indeed.

From: denise rawling
Posted on: Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 04:39 AM

Hi Johnjust to congratulate you on your excellent site. I have been enjoying looking at the old front covers and finding out a little about Mrs Edwards.I had started collecting a few copies of the books as I had read and enjoyed them so much as a child. I shouldn't have been so surprized I suppose that they were a bit hard to come by - everyone has hung on to their copies or read them to bits! I am getting a few together and now with the help of the net am able to search further afield.just wanted to say thank you all the bestDenise

From: Barbara
Posted on: Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 09:58 PM

I just wanted to say how delighted I am to find your site. I read many of the children's books in the 1950s at the library here in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia and reread them if there were none on the shelf at my next library visit. Most of our children's books then were English and I thought these were wonderful. Years later I found one of the autobiographical ones in the library. I was thinking about them recently and didn't really expect any hits when I typed Punchbowl farm into the search engine and was delighted to see that Monica Edwards and her books are well covered. If you can imagine the difference between my sunny blue Pacific coastline, and the drama that the sea rescues etc in the Tamzin books conjured up for me! These are the contrasts that foster an interest in geography etc.

From: Helen Lamont
Posted on: Sunday, January 05, 2003, 07:47 PM

I've seen a book called Airport Nurse by Monica Edwards. But it is not mentioned in the list of publications on this site. Is it by 'our' Monica?

From: John
Posted on: Tuesday, January 07, 2003, 07:59 PM

Re: 'Airport Nurse': I'm afraid not a new one by 'our' Monica Edwards, but some other author of the same name.

From: mia
Posted on: Wednesday, January 08, 2003, 08:06 PM

I have the whole set of the Monica Edwards books, the majority of which are hard backs with dust covers , in a good condition, and many are first addition, i paid up to 80 for some books, and i was hoping someone would have a vague idea how much the whole set would be worth, with thanks

From: andrea degg
Posted on: Thursday, January 09, 2003, 10:07 PM

I always thought that Airport Nurse was one of the career novels written by Monica Edwards. Is this another author of the same name then? Really enjoying reading all the comments on the website. For years I thought I was the only admirer of Monica Edwards!

From: Fiona
Posted on: Sunday, January 12, 2003, 01:05 AM

How marvellous, a site devoted to my most favourite author from my childhood. I can remember going into WH Smiths in Abergavenny,when I had saved up enough pocket money or after birthdays and would search avidly for Monica Edwards books. My youngest daughter is named Lindsey, no guessing where that came from, I wanted to call her Tamzin, but we had a pony called Tammy at the time& my husband said it might get to confusing !!!!Many thanks for bring back so many happy memoriesBest WishesFiona Jones

From: Philippa Weightman
Posted on: Tuesday, January 14, 2003, 11:31 PM

What a wonderful discovery! Your site, I mean. I first read M.E. when I was about 9 (I am in my mid-fifties now) and since read nearly all of her books, most of which I still have. They led me in later life to visit both Punchbowl Farm and Rye harbour, like many others, though to my eternal regret I never met Monica Edwards, nor did I ever think of writing to her to tell her how much I enjoyed her writing. It is thanks to her that I developed a great love for the British countryside.Best of luck with the website: perhaps someone will write a full biography and publish it one day??

From: Angela Nunn
Posted on: Sunday, January 19, 2003, 10:30 AM

Have only just discovered your site after years of thinking I was the only adult daft enough to want to read childrens stories. Thankyou very much. I am still in the process of replacing books I had as a child and am looking forward to visiting Rye Harbour this summer en route to Dover.

From: catherine wuidart
Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2003, 06:56 PM

just to recommend www.abebooks.co.uk as a good source of all books. have seen nearly all monica edwards' books on here, including hard to find ones. unfortunately not the wild one or a wind is blowing, the two I still miss, but there are booksellers on the site who keep lists for people wanting these. prices vary but there have been some real bargains and also lots of the cheaper Armada paperbacks for people just wanting to get the story. hope this is of help to people book searching - it has been a great help to me. has reunited me with another childhood favourite author, elinor lyon. it's lovely to have the picture at the top of this site, looks very happy.

From: denise
Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2003, 12:18 PM

dear JohnI have been enjoying this site very much. I used to read Monica Edwards as a child.I later had the lovely experience of working for Anne Bullens daughter Jennie Loristen Clarke.I have been picking up an odd copy of the books here and there over the years as I have seen them, just because I wanted to own them and read them.The net has opened up a vast new world that I think I am enjoying! well mainly anyway.thank you for the site and the information againall the bestDeniseI have a copy of Strangers to the Marsh which seems to be a first fitting your description. It has the price on it and it is 10s 6d net.

From: Mia
Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2003, 06:54 PM

If you are looking for ME books, this site has hundreds-www.adebooks.com,Great site, keep it up!!!

From: John Allsup
Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2003, 10:27 PM

Thanks for the tip, I use www.addall.com/used/ ffor most searches. It searches Abebooks and a further thirteen other used book sale sites. There will be other search engines about as well. Cast a wide net to get the best fish ! Cheers, John

From: Julie Mouger
Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2003, 11:18 PM

Thanks John for the booksearching tip, and thanks Denise for the link between Anne Bullen and Jennie Loriston-Clarke. I've managed to acquire a couple of non-ME horsey books illustrated by Anne Bullen, as I've always thought highly of her work.Back to the surfing ...

From: liz gilbey
Posted on: Monday, January 27, 2003, 09:03 PM

Wondeful to find the ME website! Congratulations John!Anne Bullen had several famous children in the horsey world: Jennie Loriston Clarke (dressage/horse breeding) Sarah and Jane, showing and horse trials - remember 'The Galloping Nurse from the Olympics, few years back? One daughter became an actress, in ITV series about antiques about 20 yrs ago, forgot name! Son Michael Olympic bronze.Biogs of Anne in Dorian Williams book(s)Hunt old copies of Pony Mag for AB illustrations

From: Helen Lamont
Posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2003, 01:39 PM

Would anyone be willing to lend me copies of The Wild One and A Wind is Blowing? I know these are rare and very expensive to buy. They are now the only ones I don't have. If I could just read them I would be so grateful. Perhaps if anyone is willing they could email me. I would be happy to hand over a refundable cheque as 'insurance' but promise I would take the utmost care of them. - Thanks in advance - Helen

From: Rosemary Sloan
Posted on: Sunday, February 09, 2003, 01:25 AM

I am so delighted to find a website devoted to the books I have loved all my life. The stories, the children and the animals are a part of me, especially the horses. I used to save my dinner money from school in order to buy the Armada paperbacks at 2/6d each, all of which I still have and they have survived many a house move and many a clearout.I now discover they are abridged so this means if I can find any of the unabridged versions to read again, more pleasure in store! Although I have read the books so many times, I almost know them off by heart.

From: A Rogers
Posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 09:29 AM

Can you please tell me if the Evergreen Library edition of Fire in the Punchbowl is complete or abridged?A. Rogers

From: John
Posted on: Saturday, February 15, 2003, 03:14 PM

I'm pretty certain that the edition is not abridged in any way. If anyone out there is able to contradict me, please do so ! I haven't compared the editions page by page so I can't be certain.

From: Helen Lamont
Posted on: Sunday, March 02, 2003, 08:17 PM

The Wild One just sold on ebay for 256 !!!!I bid on it myself but was pipped at the post. I couldn't beleive that I was about to pay 251 for a book - but such is my interest in the ME series.Oh well, perhaps I will have better luck next time and I will continue to scour the bookshops.

From: Catherine Keleher
Posted on: Saturday, March 08, 2003, 02:11 AM

very interesting site, I have been a keen reader since the mid sixties, I have all the childrens books and some of the non fiction. It is very nice to see that others share my interest in Monica Edwards

From: W J Todd
Posted on: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 07:47 PM

A Wind is Blowing has come up on eBay for those who are interested. Eight days to go and already the bids are up to forty pounds!

From: shelagh jacobs
Posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2003, 05:21 PM

What a pleasure to discover your website. Reading through it has brought back such happy memories - I think I almost lived the books as a child! There were several titles I had forgotten or never read - I shall make an effort to get hold of all I can. My own books are very much cherished, particularly Wish for a Pony - my first "horsy" book. Thankyou.

From: Pamela Copley
Posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2003, 11:05 AM

What a wonderful site. Thankyou very much. I especially appreciate the photos of the author, the real places she wrote about and knowing the real incidents such as the tragic lifeboat disaster.I have enjoyed the books for many years - but cannot remember when I first read them - possibly the 1950's when I would have borrowed them from the children's library in Adelaide. Pamela.

From: Morag Cuthbert
Posted on: Monday, March 31, 2003, 01:49 PM

As a near lifelong Monica Edwards fan I am so pleased to discover this website. I am newly inspired to dig out all my Edwards books and see what I have.

From: Rachel Parker
Posted on: Thursday, April 03, 2003, 10:09 PM

I always thought i was a loony for still liking these books, but im glad to see im not the only one! First got into them as a pony mad kid, now aged 20 and love them more than ever! Cannot believe my secondary school (dreadful place!) had a copy of 'A Wind it Blowing', only time i've ever read it. Want to collect them all, but difficult for a cash strapped student. We need to get them all re published! If everyone who visited this site wrote a passionate letter to a publisher, or signed a petition would it help? As Tamzim would say, 'All you ever want is the heart!'.

From: DIANE BRIERLEY
Posted on: Friday, May 02, 2003, 05:29 PM

i LOVE THIS WEBSITE! I am in the process of trying to obtain at least one copy of all of Monica's 'Westling' & 'Punchbowl' series.[Ebay is great!] I am reliving my childhood- harmless enough & reading these delightful books brings back so many happy memories!I have also been searching for a children's author who I believe was called Christina Rossetti [if NOT Christina -I feel sure it was something ROSSETTI?!]- she wrote books about a child living in London in the 40'-50's- mainly about the happenings in their street/local neighbourhood. I don't think this can be the same lady that wrote all the poetry can it? Any ideas anyone?Well am off finish re reading 'The Outsider' now!What a way to spend a Bank Holiday!I give thanks every day for this lovely website!

From: Hazel
Posted on: Sunday, May 18, 2003, 04:50 AM

Have found out lots of new things from this site. Cheers

From: catherine wuidart
Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2003, 07:14 PM

Thought other people may be interested to know both A Wind is Blowing and The Wild One are available to borrow through inter library loans. My library got me the first from Caernarfon library and the second from the Bodleian in Oxford. Initially they refused to lend it, (the Wild One), but then agreed provided I read it in my library and it never left the premises. It is a pristine copy! Anyway I was very grateful for the opportunity. They are also both in the National Library of Scotland, who I think have the complete works.

From: Liz
Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2003, 08:52 PM

This site is billiant! I still get the same pleasure from reading ME books as I did when I was a child. Over the years I've gradually found most of her books - I've never worried about the condition, just been happy to read them. Thanks for the tips on the sites to check on for the ones I'm missing - Storm Ahead and The Wind is Blowing.

From: Angela Rickerby Mrs.
Posted on: Sunday, June 01, 2003, 05:17 PM

Have just found your site through a winner of ME book on Ebay. Never thought to look before. I am thrilled to read all the information. I have been an avid fan for more years than I care to remember. (now aged 59) I have one or more copies of all the main books except Storm Ahead. However having read your information, I realise I may need to update my collection!Keep up the good work. I shall visit again and again.

From: Jackie Marsh
Posted on: Saturday, June 14, 2003, 11:12 PM

In my 50's now, I am still re-reading my teenage year favourite books. Avidly collecting and still short of quite a few titles. This website is brilliant, thank you.There is nothing quite like the first editions that take me back to growing up in the 1950's.I would have loved to meet Monica Edwards to thank her for the many hours of pleasure her books have given me.

From: Julia Behrisch
Posted on: Tuesday, June 17, 2003, 06:07 PM

HelloHere is an old friend of Shelley. I am here in UK at the moment on a small holiday, and while visiting a friend in Guildford memories of the Punchbowl came vividly to my mind!! How is Shelley.... I lost contact because my last letters to here where returned to me. If you could ask her to get in touch again I would be delighted.In case you read this Guestbook in the next few days (till 24th June), I am staying in London with Gisela Gerbhardt on 020 8989 0232.My address in Munich is Viktoriastr.27, 80803 Munich Tel: +3086900With warmest good wishes,Julia Behrisch

From: Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Thursday, June 19, 2003, 08:45 PM

I'm interested to know what Romney Marsh or Punchbowl books readers consider the 'best' ME stories or the ones that have stayed in the mind the longest. My particular favourites are The White Riders and Hidden in a Dream. I once had the entire collection but like everyone else am now trying to re-collect them again and when I got HIAD and saw the wonderful illustrations it was a very odd feeling being transported to the past. I'm trying to do a bit of research in ME books and would appreciate any thoughts on what makes her writing special and enduring.Joyce

From: Roger Sawtell
Posted on: Tuesday, June 24, 2003, 10:18 AM

Absolutely captivated to find this site. My first ME book was Cargo of Horses, from the Childrens Book Club. Must have been '53 or '54. There were further ME books from CBC and I nagged my parents to buy more as I found them. Our local library had them also, and I read them there. I didn't read them all, but most of them. I still have my original copy of Cargo of Horses, also Punchbowl Midnight. The rest I gave to my niece as she grew up, filling in her collection from paperback editions. Sadly, she did not keep them tho' she loved them. In '69, while visiting England, I bought a copy of Badgers of Punchbowl Farm and went hunting for Punchbowl Farm. Finding it, I found ME at home and introduced myself as a visitor from NZ. I was warmly welcomed, given a cup of tea and a chat and had my book signed.

From: margaret lee
Posted on: Saturday, July 19, 2003, 10:29 PM

i really enjoyed your website,thank you for sharing your enthusuasm and knowledgei used to avidly read all the monica edward stories i could get in the library and am now enjoying rereading any I can buy i never got my pony but many years later my daughter has ialso now live by the sea although the world has changed these pleasures have not

From: angela nunn
Posted on: Friday, July 25, 2003, 06:55 PM

many many thanks to catherine wuidart fo her tip about the inter library lending service. have just spent a wonderful afternoon reading "a wind is blowing" and have "the hoodwinkers" to look forward to in september. the prices on ebay are now getting a little silly so i've stopped bidding

From: Bronwen Mitchell
Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2003, 12:09 AM

I feel quite young posting on here at 22 but also good as I feel that it means her work will live on. I didn't realise how much her books were part of my life til I recently had my own baby and decided that I wanted to make sure that I had all of them for the next generation. One more of the really important ones to go and it looks like a hard one to get hold of, am definately looking forward to reading it when I do.

From: Jackie Davies
Posted on: Friday, August 01, 2003, 08:12 AM

I too have enjoyed rereading M.E's books and revisiting my childhood (and how up-to-date many of her themes are!) I have also enjoyed reading 'The Wild One' for the first time courtesy of inter-library loan. I have now got rid of most of my books to clear shelf space but wonder if anyone is interested in a paperback 'Storm Ahead', a not very good copy (half a page missing) of 'No Going Back' and one or two others. I too think prices have gone mad. What about someone setting up a library of ME books for lending (borrower pays postage)? Then anyone who would like to could have a chance to read them if not to own copies?

From: Jackie Davies
Posted on: Friday, August 01, 2003, 09:21 AM

P.S. to the above. Suspect the lending library idea is a nonstarter. After all, collecting and owning the books is wmost of the fun of having an interest. But 'The Wild One' is such a rarity that anyone who now loans it has to read it in the library presumably in case they damage or don't return it so no wonder it sells for such huge sums. But it's the price of this book and one or two others that makes them inaccessible to would-be readers and those of the new generation. Can't something be done about this?

From: Caroline Turner
Posted on: Friday, August 01, 2003, 09:48 AM

Monica Edwards books played a large part in my life as young teenager. My friends and myself were all pony madand all the characters were very real to us. (along with a young Elvis!) I think we longed to be them. Sorry must go now but thrilled to find your website, bringing back so many memories Caroline Turner

From: helen pritchard
Posted on: Friday, August 08, 2003, 12:40 AM


From: Pam Wade
Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2003, 12:03 PM

What fun to discover this lovely website, with all its information and the messages from other long-time ME fans. I discovered the books when I was 11 and have read them over and over and over. I escaped into them and longed to live like Lindsey and Tamzin. They even influenced the course of my life, because they made me want to go to England and visit Rye and Punchbowl Farm - which I did in 1977(though I was too shy to call in on Monica - wish now I had, and told her how much pleasure she had given me). Then I just stayed on, for 17 years, acquiring a husband and 2 daughters... and growing to love England for itself. One of life's little ironies: the girls aren't interested in the books. Sigh - such a disappointment!Pam

From: Richard Wright
Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2003, 09:56 PM

Just revisited to see if you had heard of Serena Bathover's Horses - of course you have - which we've just picked up at a book sale.Congratulations on the site which gets better and better. Must start work on the third edition of the "From the Puchbowl" magazine... Late as usual! All best wishes,Richard

From: Barry Carter
Posted on: Tuesday, September 02, 2003, 05:32 PM

The site is very helpful - thank you for all your efforts. |May I ask a question? Is "Airport Nurse" by Monica Edwards ( seen on internet) a title by our M.E? A career title, perhaps, or just a coincidence of names?

From: John
Posted on: Tuesday, September 02, 2003, 08:23 PM

Glad you find the site helpful, Barry. The 'Airport Nurse' book is not one of 'our' Monica Edwards books, it's just a coincidence of names of the authors.

From: John
Posted on: Friday, September 05, 2003, 06:43 PM

Just a test entry

From: John
Posted on: Monday, September 08, 2003, 08:01 PM

Anyone had problems getting messages on here? Email me if you have, Thanks,John

From: Alison
Posted on: Tuesday, September 09, 2003, 07:17 AM

Another long-time Monica Edwards fan signing in! Like so many others, I loved her books as a child, ever since I was given "Summer of the Great Secret" as a Sunday School prize! Now thanks to the internet I am happily collecting and re-reading. I have the majority of the set, although a few are recent, updated reprints. The ones I need (guess which!) are Storm Ahead, The Wild One and the Nightbird. I see lots of other people are after the same ones so I don't suppose there's much point in asking here! Lovely though to know there are so many fans who still love the books. " Alison

From: Frances Mense
Posted on: Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 04:32 PM

so glad i have found this website as these books played a big part in my childhood as we spent many summers on the marsh. i am looking to add to my collection as i didnt realise there were so many books. i would loved to have met monica. i am hoping to move to romney marsh in the next few years.

From: Alison
Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2003, 10:05 AM

I wonder if it would be possible to have a separate message board here on which we could post our "wish list" of books we need? On my book hunts I often see copies of ones I already have, and would willingly snap them up on behalf of fellow members.

From: Susan
Posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2003, 08:53 PM

This a lovely site! I found it while searching for pictures of the Old Vicarage in Rye Harbour, and I'm so glad I did! I have loved the Romney Marsh books since I first read The Midnight Horse at the age of 10. I hope to be able to read the Punchbowl Farm series as well. I'm glad you have this site!

From: Eve
Posted on: Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 10:37 PM

Thank you for your fantastic web site from another big fan of ME. First started reading my big sisters Punchbowl books late 70s early 80s and was almost obsessed although she only had about four! Wanted desperately to visit Punchbowl Farm but didn't know it actually existed until years later. Now at age 34 I have managed to aquire the Punchbowl books with the exception of The Wild One and a few of the Romney marsh books which I have grown to love too. What I am really curious about is that I know the places are real but what about the people? I know some are based on people and one of your pages has picture of ME with Nanti & Vashti but it would be really interesting to know who was based on who - both human and animal. Would be grateful for any info.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Sunday, October 05, 2003, 05:44 PM

Hallo Eve. This quote from ME herself should answer your question (from "Unsought Farm")"One of my greatest pleasures is in being able to say: 'Yes it is all real; Dawn and Duchess, Tarquin and Red Clover, the children, the farm, the wild valley, the deer and the Devil's Punch Bowl; and the map on the end-papers of the books is the scale map of the farm'"Regards Brian

From: Jill
Posted on: Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 02:59 AM

Enjoyed the site - my daughter & I love the Romney & Punchbowl books - great to finally know the full list. I was first given Summer of the Great Secret about 35 years ago and am now just discovering the joys of internet browsing for books.

From: Jenny Gallagher
Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2003, 08:38 AM

Thought you might like to know that the 1957 edition of 'The Wanderer' has exactly the same dust jacket as the first edition.

From: Jenny Gallagher
Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2003, 08:44 AM

Me again! My copy of 'Storm Ahead' has a 1953 publishing date but has a dark blue cover with silver writing (dust jacket lost).Jenny

From: Jenny Gallagher
Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2003, 08:53 AM

I grew up with these and can pretty much recite most of them ;-) I hadn't realised quite how close they were to real life until I visited Rye and the Punchbowl in 1999. I bought two of my missing books while I was over there - in the Goodchild editions. It's exceedingly rare to ever see an ME over here in Oz. I'm only missing 5 now - but as they are at the end of the series and I dislike 'Fire' and Dolphin I'm guessing I won't like them too much either.

From: caroline lowe
Posted on: Sunday, October 12, 2003, 10:15 PM

Monica Edwards was a constant part of my childhood, especially after my grandmother moved to Wittersham on the Isle of Oxney. My daughter is also fascinated by being able to visit Rye, Winchlesea and Rye Harbour. Many of my books 'vanished' while I was at university, so she and I are looking to fill the gaps. I am grateful to find other afficiaonados.

From: Diane
Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2003, 07:31 PM

I know many of you are trying to track down books - have you tried ebay there is always a good selection for sale - and not always very expensive, although the last couple of copies of the wild one sold for around 200 each [ scary!]

From: Lesley Williams
Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2003, 06:47 PM

I am so glad to have found your site... Im 48, but still read & re read Monica books. some are falling apart :o). I have just ordered the ones in print to come here to me in Florida. Monica's books were so much part of my childhood & some years ago I went to "Dunsford" & "Westling" & was so delighted to find it all just as she described. I saw the window that Tamzin climbed down from & Smiling Morns Shop.... It was a dream come true! I am so sad to read that Monica died. I had no idea. I feel like Ive lost a friend. I wish all her books were in print once more. Maybe some day children will re discover the magic I know. Thank you :o))))

From: Pat Adams
Posted on: Friday, November 07, 2003, 02:46 PM

I am so pleased to have found a site for these fantastic books, I've loved them for years, my first was WFAP which I always did! Coming from Croydon (now Cheshire) I was able to go the The Punchbowl, Dad always wondered why it was my favourite place and I would look everywhere for a glimpse of my 'friends' - soft eh?! I'm still scouring the charity shops for the books at the age of 54, they're not something you can forget and I always used to ask myself 'what would Tamzin have done now?' when I had trouble!! Do keep up the good work - I'm going for a read!

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From: Penelope Davies-Brown
Posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 04:40 PM

Wonderful to find a site devoted to my favourite children's author. I thought I was alone! I shall now endeavour to use the site to try to obtain those titles I haven't yet found.

From: Mo Horne
Posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2003, 07:34 PM

I want to buy a copy of 'A Wind is blowing'. Can you help ?

From: Elizabeth Williams
Posted on: Friday, November 14, 2003, 11:15 PM

I recently bought the Scottie Books edition of Black Hunting Whip. Does anyone know whether it is abridged as I haven't a first edition to compare it with?

From: John
Posted on: Sunday, November 16, 2003, 01:01 PM

I had forgotten the Scottie !I have had a quick look, comparing with the first edition, and, certainly in the first two chapters, I can find no difference. Hence I assume that it it is the complete text and has not been abridged at all. It is also a handy, pocket-sized edition. I'm not over enthusiastic about the cover, though; and the pages have a habit of coming loose.

From: Kerry Wiggins
Posted on: Sunday, November 30, 2003, 02:41 PM

I read your notes on the editions of The Wanderer. I have an edition, slightly smaller than the normal Collins editions. It has red boards and gold lettering on the spine, as well as the letters F EDW. Inside it is embossed "City of Bath Girls School".It is a Collins edition dated 1953. At the back is an advert for the Young Elizabethan magazine. Is this what you call the 6 shilling edition? If so - it is earlier than 1957. Hope this is of interest.

From: John
Posted on: Tuesday, December 02, 2003, 08:56 PM

Thanks, Kerry. I think what you have is a first edition which has been re-bound for the school library. The 'F' is for 'Fiction' and EDW is for 'Edwards', to make shelving easier. The advert is in the first edition, I haven't seen a second but assume the date is given as 'December 1953' in that. Anyone else have ideas about this ?? Cheers, John

From: Claire Louden
Posted on: Saturday, December 20, 2003, 07:56 PM

I have failed to obtain "The Wild One" or "A Wind is Blowing" through my library, so I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to post a short synopsis of each one, so at least I could find out what happens to the characters at the end of the series! Many thanks.

From: Cathleen
Posted on: Monday, January 05, 2004, 07:18 AM

So great to find this site! I received 'Wish for a POny' when I was about 9 or 10 years old. A long time ago now! I ahve never forgotten how I loved that story and I believe it inspired in me a lifelong love of horses. Sadly, the book did not survive the years of children at home and was lost to me. I have often wondered where I could get another copy. Tonight, I found this site and looking at the cover brought back the happy memories of reading the book. Thank you.

From: Liz P.
Posted on: Tuesday, January 06, 2004, 03:36 AM

I remember reading Monica Edwards's stories in "Collins Magazine" in the late 1940's early 50's. Does anyone know if any site exists about this magazine? Thanks. Liz P.

From: Debbie
Posted on: Monday, January 12, 2004, 08:00 PM


From: Debbie
Posted on: Monday, January 12, 2004, 08:09 PM

(sorry about the previous message-problems of typing with a baby on your knee!) I've just been to see Guildford Cathedral, where I found 2 of the kneelers made by ME, mentioned on the back d/w of "badgers of Punch Bowl Farm". The ones I found were the badgers, and the dolphins. On the side were her initials (M.LeD.E.)Apparently there are about 1500 kneelers, and about half are out at any one time, so there's no guarantee that you'll find them. I wouldn't have spotted the dolphins, but the lady who was showing me round pointed it out as one of her favourites! She had read the books as a child and was quite excited to find the connection!

From: Mary
Posted on: Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 10:14 PM

I have recently started trying to recreate my childhood library. I would desperately like a copy of Operation Seabird but have found it hard to come by at a realistic price. I have a rather battered copy of The Unsought Farm which I would be willing to swap for a readable copy of Operation Seabird. Anyone interested?

From: Jenny
Posted on: Monday, February 02, 2004, 01:32 AM

Keep an eye on Girls Gone By Publishers. They are trying to get the rights to reprint Monica Edwards' books!

From: Elaine Webb
Posted on: Wednesday, February 04, 2004, 01:21 PM

What a wonderful discovery - a Google search to remind me of a title I had forgotten revealed your website. From the time I borrowed The Wanderer from our tiny village library, aged about 10, Monica Edwards tales of Punchbowl Farm and the Marshes have held me in thrall - perhaps because we also lived in a country home with a catslide roof and if I closed my eyes and wished (for a pony and many other things) it all seemed to real to me. Thank you for your website, I will call again!

From: Claire
Posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 10:58 PM

Oh,how this website has transported me back to a childhood filled with pony books, and the wonderful Monica Edwards! As a horseless and desperate child in Suburban Sydney, Australia, these wonderful books filled in many happy hours, and fed my endless thirst for all things horsey. This site is fantastic, and has fuelled my desire to collect the Romney Marsh series, in any shape or form, just to re-read those wonderful stories. Thankyou for a great site. You've made my day!

From: sara
Posted on: Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 07:25 AM

"The Midnight Horse" was given to me for my 11th birthday and nearly 30 years on is probably the most beloved and re-read of all the books on my shelves. I found "A Wind is Blowing" in our school library but sadly was never able to find others. I think that putting some out-of-print editions on the net is a great idea & if anybody around Brisbane (Australia) has a copy of AWIB I am happy to offer 60+wpm typing skills & my time for a worthy cause. I would just need some help from the computer literate among us to set up the website - I am, alas, a hopeless luddite. Anyway, browsing through the sites of Tamzin and Rissa's adventures was truly magical, just as I'd always imagined them to be - so thanks, John!

From: sara
Posted on: Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 07:39 AM

Copyright law, of course - I'm still dazed and confused after a weekend of seering 42C temperatures here in Brisbane otherwise I would have thought of that - so I guess printing them on the net is out of the question - Rats. I do hope that a publisher takes an interest in reprinting all ME's books. Thanks again for a wonderful website, John.

From: sara
Posted on: Friday, February 27, 2004, 05:16 AM

For those of you who live on the eastern seaboard of Australia, the council libaries are trialling a new interlibraray loan system which increases access to ME books. If you are a registered council library member, log on to your e-catalogue website and search using the "Information Australia" site - password etc. provided if you read through instructions. Books from university & school libraries are available & I see that apart from WFAP, MH, WR etc they have "Storm Ahead" and "A wind is blowing". (abridged editions) Borrowing fee is $13.20 & they ask you to sign a release saying you'll pay if it's lost/damaged - $300. (Replacement cost) Some Braille & sound recordings available too.

From: Lesley Todhunter
Posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2004, 02:58 PM

Hi, I collected and read as many Monica Edwards as I could as a child and went to Rye, and the Pucnchbowl, to explore the area, I loved them so mucb I think they kept me sane as a child and I have stayed with horses ever since, my daughter is now beginning to read them, I have acouple missing and am colecting them, as I bought them out of my owm pocet money they are mainly paperback and very well used....thanks for the site it has given me some more clues to find,

From: Sylvia Hunt
Posted on: Sunday, February 29, 2004, 12:59 AM

After discovering her books at the age of 13,I came to know Monica Edwards personally when I was 16 in 1966. Both she and her family were very good to me,a confused and unhappy teenager. My visits to Punchbowl Farm were an escape to a haven of peace and loving kindness, something that I did not fully appreciate until much later. Over the years, she was often in my thoughts. I have been much saddened to discover today from a catalogue of British authors that she died in 1998, also her husband, Bill, in 1990. God's blessings upon them. Please pass my heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Sean and Shelley, Lyndsey and Maurice. Sylvia

From: Keren Gilfoyle
Posted on: Thursday, March 04, 2004, 09:58 PM

What a pleasant surprise to find this site! Like many others I first read ME's books as a child - starting with 'Fire' - talk about doing it back to front! 'Wish' is still probably my favourite - and for me it came true in a way: I now breed Arabian horses (but I have never had a grey like Cascade!). I have all the PB & RM series in various editions - including 'Wild One' & 'Wind', so evidently I have been very lucky there! I would like to get hold of 'The Unsought Farm' in any condition, if anyone has a spare - I do have some duplicate Armadas , so perhaps a swap might be possible? Every year I promise that I'm going to visit Westling - but I've never made it yet: it's difficult to get horse-sitters! Keren

From: Angela Fuller
Posted on: Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 06:44 PM

I can't believe you have such a wonderful website. My first Monica Edwards book was Spirit of Punchbowl Farm given to me by my father Xmas 1957. I am now 58 and still really enjoy reading the books. I have kept most of them and am now determined to complete my collection. I was a very lonely and not very happy teenager and Lindsey and Tamzin became my 'best friends' for quite a few years.

From: Catherine Preston
Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2004, 06:33 PM

Have just revisted this lovely site. So nice to know there are so many other young, middle aged and possibly even beyond people out there for whom these books still are magic! I have a number of duplicate titles that I recently dug out of a cupboard. Anyone interested in the titles and descriptions can e mail me. I am also keen to find 1st editions of Summer of the Great Secret, Storm Ahead Operation Seabird and Killer Dog if anyone can help.

From: Harriet
Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2004, 06:37 PM

Cargo of Horses: does anyone know whether the Collins 1972 Pony Library edition is abridged? May I also take this opportunity to say what a fantastic website this is, I have been a fan for many years and it great to find so many enthusiats for these wonderful novels! If anyone has any information on the above book, I would be very grateful to know! Thankyou

From: Elizabeth Williams
Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2004, 09:45 PM

I regret more and more that when I was at university at the same time as Sean Edwards in the early 1970s I didn't have the nerve to even approach him to ask him to find out where I could get the missing books in my collection, even though we had mutual acquaintances. I didn't even consider asking if I could meet his mother.I walked through the Punchbowl in about 1990, to look at Punchbowl Farm, but never dreamt of finding out if Monica Edwards still lived in the area.

From: Harriet
Posted on: Saturday, March 20, 2004, 06:29 PM

Is it just me, or is THE MIDNIGHT HORSE very difficult to come by in an unabridged, single volume? I own a tatty copy of 'Three Great Pony Stories' but being the purist that I am, (and also The Midnight Horse happens to be a great favourite!) Im always on the look out for a 'reading copy' of the single book, something that seems to be few and far between!!

From: Pam Thomas
Posted on: Friday, April 02, 2004, 11:14 PM

Lovely to discover this site. I was first given ME books by my much older 'horsey' cousins, and fell in love with them at first reading. Unfortunately I gave them all away as a teenager, but I've now begun collecting them again and have more than I had originally. A good find was in a charity shop in Chippenham, to which someone had donated a load of pony books including 5 MEs for a pound each! The Bath bookfair looms in a couple of weeks and I've promised myself ONE book - there was a lady there last year specializing in children's books that for a miracle were reasonably priced. Unfortunately my two children are boys and not at all into old pony books, so they will have to be passed down to my grandchildren if I have any. Thank you for the lovely pictures, although I know Rye I've never been to Rye Ha

From:
Posted on: Thursday, April 08, 2004, 08:04 PM

thanks for a superb site, - Monica edwards was my favourite author as a child and I lived as much in her world as my own around the age of 11. I desperately wanted a pony - finally got one when I was 37!

From: Sylvia J. Hunt
Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2004, 10:05 PM

This is a truly delightful site to visit. I have passed the website address to a neighbour whose children also enjoyed Monica Edwards' books. The lady who felt nervous about asking Sean Edwards about his mother should not have worried. I always found the whole family very kind and approachable. I notice that many people are looking for copies of unobtainable books. Today, my landlady told me about "Twiggers", a company that will print a copy of any out-of-print book if provided with the author and title: tel. 01304 365511. I hope that this is helpful. Sylvia

From: Louise Simmonds Osbek Books
Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 01:11 PM

Hi I have a number of Monica Edwards paperbacks and a few hardbacks for sale - none are the really rare ones I am afraid but there is a reasonable choice - often it is where I have upgraded my own copies. If anyone would like a list please email me at louise.simmonds@btopenworld.com I also keep many other childrens authors for sale and have a long sales list if anyone is interested. Louise

From:
Posted on: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 01:42 PM

Does anyone possibly have a spare copy of Seabird Rescue? I have multiple copies of most of the others but can't seem to track this one down AND I HAVEN'T READ IT!!!!! Incidentally you may be amused to know that I was at a bike rally last year and bumped into an American Hells Angel called Meryon, so naturally I said "oh was your mother a Monica Edwards fan?" and he said "No I loved the books when I was younger, and when I joined the Hells Angels, Meryon seemed the right name for me" Hmmm..... would Tamzin have approved?

From: Bear
Posted on: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 01:42 PM

Does anyone possibly have a spare copy of Seabird Rescue? I have multiple copies of most of the others but can't seem to track this one down AND I HAVEN'T READ IT!!!!! Incidentally you may be amused to know that I was at a bike rally last year and bumped into an American Hells Angel called Meryon, so naturally I said "oh was your mother a Monica Edwards fan?" and he said "No I loved the books when I was younger, and when I joined the Hells Angels, Meryon seemed the right name for me" Hmmm..... would Tamzin have approved?

From: Jackie
Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2004, 12:30 AM

Hi,John,I am amazed to find a site dedicated to Monica Edwards. I thought I was the only adult with an obsession for these books. My eldest daughter is named Tamzin and I breed Arabian horses so you can tell how much I was influenced by these stories! Best wishes and thank you for an interesting and informative site. PS I have an old copy of The Wild One and was amazed to see it sell on ebay for 256 pounds.

From: Chris
Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2004, 03:04 AM

Wonderful to find this website. I'm yet another who thought she was alone in her love of Monica Edwards books. Adored her books as a child, and throughout my life have found myself going back to her books in the really bad times to escape to my childhood again! These days I live very happily on my partner's dairy farm milking cows. We live with our three kids (number four lives down the road) in a big homestead and I have four horses and spend all my spare time riding. In the summer we camp by Lake Ellesmere just down the road, and play about on the water. I guess ME has had a huge influence on my life without me realising it! From reading the other messages I guess I'm not the only one. Amazing how one woman can influence so many people. By the way - has anyone seen the TV footage that was filmed l

From: Chris
Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2004, 03:09 AM

As I was saying, has anyone seen the TV footage that was filmed live at Punchbowl Farm? Monica talks about it in The Unsought Farm. Has anyone tried to obtain a copy?

From: John
Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 01:07 PM

I think that the programme was broadcast 'live' and probably no recording exists. Certainly the family do not have one, and it was well before home video recorders were available. Now the radio serial of No Entry was probably broadcast from recordings . . .

From: Sylvia J. Hunt
Posted on: Friday, May 28, 2004, 06:41 PM

Reading Chris's enquiry about the TV film of Punch Bowl Farm brings to mind the natural history programme, in which Monica Edwards talked about the badgers of the Valley. The programme was presented by Martin Muncaster and broadcast, I think, in the late 1960s on BBC Radio 4 or its predecessor, the Home Service. Does a recording still exist? I should love to listen to it again if Monica's family and the BBC agree to broadcast a repeat.

From: Julie Western
Posted on: Thursday, June 10, 2004, 10:05 PM

How wonderful! I have been looking out for Monica Edwards books for years - I first started reading them when I was 9, from the local library, and grew up with Tamzin and Lindsey. They had a huge impact on my life, particularly in terms of values. Some of the impressions she made upon me were so sibliminal it's only recently that I've realised they started with her - for instance I have Siamese cats [one is, of course, called Vashti].I only have two books so far - a badly damaged No Mistaking Corker and Fire in the Punchbowl. I will return to this website again now I've found it. And I mean to buy some books.

From: Nigel Houghton.
Posted on: Saturday, June 12, 2004, 12:37 AM

Enjoyed Unsought Farm a thousand years ago would love a copy from wherever if possible still have copies of monnies from 1950s Childrens Book Club I am now 61.

From:
Posted on: Sunday, June 13, 2004, 01:05 AM

Totally agree on how these books (Punchbowl) influenced me as a child. Never realised at the time. And didn't realise how many there actually were - or about the Romney Marsh stories. Now (aged 34!) I have read all the punchbowl and was not disappointed and apart from The Wild One (which I had to re-sell as it cost me nearly 300) still have and enjoy them. Also have all but the most expensive of Romney now and can't wait until I have read them all! I have also informed the "other half" that we will visiting both settings in the near future! (He is tolerant!)

From: Nicola Bielicki
Posted on: Monday, June 14, 2004, 11:17 AM

Just found your useful website -prompted by re-reading a favourite "The White Riders". Spent my childhood reading these books and wish my own children could have the same freedom/experiences. Have been collecting her books for years but they are very difficult to find ( I have restricted myself to charity shops/jumble sales).I can't yet persuade my daughter to read them - too busy reading Harry Potter,Jacqueline Wilson and Lemony Snickett.Nothing against these authors but I feel she is missing out..

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 01:39 AM

I keep emailing Richard Wright about the Monica Edwards Society but don't get any reply. Do you know if the society is defunct?

From: John
Posted on: Thursday, June 17, 2004, 09:34 AM

Hi H. The Society's still running I'm sure, try again; if in GB try a 'phone call or fax or note. There's a 'new-ish' email address on his site at 'punchbowl.org.uk' If all else fails email me and I'll see what I can do . . . Nicola: Couldn't agree more, and I'm in the middle of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' at the moment!

From: greg
Posted on: Monday, June 28, 2004, 01:15 PM

Love your site. Do you know of anyone offering old, c. 1950-1954 "Collins Magazine[s]" for sale? Thanks, Greg

From: John
Posted on: Wednesday, June 30, 2004, 06:54 PM

Hi Greg, You occasionally see the Collins Magazine Annuals for sale, but I've never come across the magazines themselves, or when retitled as the 'Young Elizabethan' magazine. They must be out there somewhere !! Keep hunting, always grateful for spares ! Cheers, John

From: brid briant
Posted on: Thursday, July 01, 2004, 03:53 PM

My chuldhood revisited! I devoured greedily all Monica Edwards books that I could get from my local library! Parents and aunts were badgered for the latest at Christmas and Birthdays and now at the age of 56 I have found them again,how I wish I had kept my copies! She was a wonderful author who had the secret of holding ones attention,many are the nights I lay awake reading under the covers with a torch.happy ,happy days

From: Jackie Davidson
Posted on: Saturday, July 03, 2004, 07:26 AM

Just great to find your site. Read most of ME's books as a child in the 50s, found some for my daughters(one called Lindsey of course)in secondhand shops when they were kids, and now collecting any we havent got for the granddaughter.While we are born and raised in NZ, and love it deeply, the books also gave us strong links to a time in England that belonged to my English migrant family, and which seems to have . .changed, anyway. These books effectively contain, revere and protect something very precious which our children and our world seem to be losing. Harry Potter does the same - surely it is largely why he is so popular. Now would be a very wise time for someone to republish Monica's books. Many thanks for a beautifully designed website. Jackie Davidson

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 07:32 PM

A friend has just told me about a book sales site called Alibris. I went in for a nose and there are 28 ME books varying for sale varying in price from $10 to $438 - GULP!!!! Worth a look if you are looking for something. They have a copy of "Storm Ahead" if anyone's still looking.

From: Lynn Green
Posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 04:42 PM

How I wish, like many of you, that I'd written to Monica Edwards and told her how much I enjoyed her books. After all, we all knew where she lived! As well as reading exciting stories I learnt about fishing and farming, wonderful for someone growing up in suburbia. If there wasn't a Monica Edwards book on the library shelf on Saturday mornings I would take out again the one I had just brought back, a bit mean now when I think about it. Now I have discovered your super website - hello to everybody. Wow! It's great that so many people love the books.

From: Barbara Russell
Posted on: Tuesday, July 27, 2004, 06:46 AM

I have enjoyed the bibliographic material you have given us on this site. I have just re read the Monica edwards books I own after a period of 40 years and enjoyed them as much as ever. I was looking on the web to see if the Midnight Horse, which is the only one I have never read, is available in print when I came across your site.

From: Chris
Posted on: Sunday, August 01, 2004, 06:33 AM

Great to see so many New Zealand fans have found this site. Amazing how ME touched people from all around the world isn't it? Even naming their children after her characters! Personally I named my cows after her cows - Dawn and Gypsy. Cheers for now, Chris

From: Eve
Posted on: Sunday, August 01, 2004, 11:20 PM

Hi, I was wanting to go to Rye Harbour and stay in the Vicarage B&B that was "Tamzins house". I used to have a link to it on my PC but typically now I want to book something I can't find it! Can anybody give me any contact info or web address for it? Would be really grateful. Am also planning a trip to the Punchbowl (at last!) but will break that news to the boyfriend at a later date!

From: John
Posted on: Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 06:26 PM

If you drop me an email at the attached address, giving yours, I'll reply with the information I have. It may be a little out of date, but could help !

From: stephen
Posted on: Saturday, August 14, 2004, 08:31 AM

nice website well done

From: Judy Le Marchant
Posted on: Wednesday, August 18, 2004, 05:38 PM

Thank you so much for this web site. I only discovered that the Punchbowl was a real place a few months before Monica Edwards death, when driving past on a business trip. I called, was made welcome, and heard how she was dreading going blind and having to go into a home and "walk on pavements". I was so distressed for her - and relieved when I heard she had died. Thanks for helping me remember.

From: Sue Curnow
Posted on: Friday, August 27, 2004, 09:56 AM

My copy of Brian Park's Punchbowl Companion has just arrived. What an amazing amount of work has gone into this! I am really enjoying all the information it contains and I am looking forward to the Romney Marsh version when it is completed. Well done Brian. I am visiting England again next year and this time the Punchbowl will be visited as I will be staying close by (near Haslemere). I have only read the Punchbowl series this year and although the Marsh is my favourite nevertheless I have enjoyed this series too.Mind you haven't read the Wild One, looks like that will cost me some huge amount of money to get that one. Sue

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Sunday, August 29, 2004, 11:01 AM

Thank you Sue for your kind comments. I am hard at work on the Romney Companion as I speak but the demands of my class of infants will soon put it on hold, I'm afraid, as term starts! For anyone else who is interested, details of how to obtain the Punchbowl Companion are at: http://members.aol.com:/BTParks51/Companion/index.htm Regards Brian

From: Jackey
Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 07:45 PM

Loved your site. Monica Edwards' books were a big part of my childhood and I wanted to be Tamzin! Thank you for bringing back so many memories. J. xx

From: Eve
Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 10:21 PM

Also just received my copy of Brian Parks "Punchbowl Companion" - thoroughly recommend it. Cant wait for the Ronmey marsh one!

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Monday, September 06, 2004, 08:33 PM

If you copy and paste the link below you will find an acount of the Mary Stanford disaster (as fictionalised in Storm Ahead) with contributions from Mrs Newton (Monica Edwards' mother) - BTW a first edition of Storm Ahead recently went on eBay for [sharp intake of breath]: 888.88!!! http://www.ryesussex.co.uk/own/article_archive.asp?article=4 Brian

From: Diane
Posted on: Sunday, September 12, 2004, 11:43 PM

A while back Eve asked for the link for the Old Vicarage at Rye Harbour (Tamzin's Vicarage). Jonathan Bosher tells me that it is not advisable to contact him by email if you wish to book in but to use the telephone. Number on his website or in the phone book.

From: Eve
Posted on: Monday, September 13, 2004, 09:51 PM

Diane, Thank you. Will be making a booking as soon as fiance has been informed!

From: Roz
Posted on: Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 08:23 PM

how I found Monica Edwards site remains one of life's great mysteries as I don't DO computers!! However very thrilled to find it, as been a fan of the Romney Marsh stories since a nipper-- MANY moons ago!! I'm trying to get hold of "hidden in a dream" which was lent and never returned,can you help? hope this reaches you!!!!!!!! Roz

From: catherine wuidart
Posted on: Thursday, September 30, 2004, 04:38 PM

many thanks to Brian Parks for the rye lifeboat page - the stories are incredibly moving. have just been staying in rye with someone who was telling me more about the tragedy - another person who longs for all the monica edwards books to be reprinted. there must be an awful lot of us now. I walked out across the marsh past the castle to the sea by the lifeboat house on a "stormy" day - cannot imagine what it would be like in a real storm.

From: Anne Hand
Posted on: Monday, October 04, 2004, 06:59 PM

Someone emailed me recently about a copy of Cargo of Horses which I had for sale through the From the Punchbowl website. I'm afraid the email somehow got deleted from our computer before I got round to answering it so maybe the person - whose name I think was Hilary - would like to contact me again. I do still have the paperback edition she mentioned and also now have the Goodchild hardback edition of the same book.

From: catherine wuidart
Posted on: Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 04:31 PM

bless you John for your exhaustive research - it has enabled me to buy a very reasonably priced and lovely copy of Dolphin Summer (US edition) which I would not have risked without seeing on this site that it was the full version - why are US versions of English authors' books cheaper than ours?

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Saturday, October 16, 2004, 11:19 AM

Just a report to let everyomne know how the Romney Companion is progressing: I have indexed 7 of the books so far and have discovered many "treasures" including the Van Huysum print from Wish for a Pony and the probable derivation of the ship's name Capella. Here is a trivia question for all hardened fanatics: Who is the only Romney Marsh character created after Wind is Blowing was published, and why? That should get you thinking...Back to the index. Regards Brian.

From: Joyce
Posted on: Monday, October 18, 2004, 08:44 AM

Brian - Do you mean a character actually in A Wind is Blowing? Otherwise, it's a bit of a brain acher as I can't think of subsequent books that would have RM characters. Best wishes - Joyce

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Monday, October 18, 2004, 07:45 PM

Hello Joyce. No. Not in Wind is Blowing. I mean a Romney Marsh character who, for legal reasons, was created after 1969. If this even further baffles you, search John's site carefully for ME fiction books which were published after 1969 - there aren't many - nine I think. And, no, I'm not talking about foreign translations. The book in question was published in 1984. That's all the clues I'm giving otherwise it will be far too easy! Happy hunting. Brian.
From: Cynthia Leonardt
Posted on: Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 06:42 PM

just joined. Long time reader and collector, delighted to make your acquaintance

From:
Posted on: Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 07:12 PM

Re Brian's question. Is it from a Goodchild version of Wish for a Pony, Midnight Horse, White Riders or Hidden in a Dream? I have not read all these versions so am none the wiser if it is!

From: Joyce
Posted on: Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 09:25 AM

Brian - What have you started! I have a Goodchild and Puffin 'White Riders' and naturally spent a chunk of time yesterday comparing the two, when I should have been writing. Apart from the change from Irish workers to Spanish I couldn't find anything. So, it must be WFAP and I don't have the Goodchild one! Is it something to do with the ship? Best wishes - Joyce

From: Brian Parsk
Posted on: Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 10:13 AM

Joyce, you're very close, Read White Riders again! Brian

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 11:36 AM

By the way, the new character doesn't mean a CHANGE of name like Miss Polkinghorne being changed to Miss Baker or Diccon to Dickon. It means a completely new character invented for legal reasons.

From: Harriet
Posted on: Saturday, October 23, 2004, 01:43 PM

Re: 'mystery charecter' Does this refer to an actual apperance of a new character? If not, and this is a complete stab in the dark, is it the solicitor mentioned in the last chapter of the White Rider?! My only reason for this rather left field guess is the term Brian used: 'for legal reasons'.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Saturday, October 23, 2004, 07:17 PM

Yes it is a completely new character with a name and he is actually given one of Roger's lines in the new version. I don't have the Armada version so I am comparing the first edition with the Goodchild.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Saturday, October 23, 2004, 07:19 PM

No it is not the solicitor - not that sort of legal!

From: elizabeth williams
Posted on: Sunday, October 24, 2004, 12:35 AM

It must be Fred (All before daylight). I e-mailed John a while ago bemoaning the change in plot. He didn't think it looked good for Meryon to be portrayed as a twoccer in 1984. " It comes from beyond the castle. Listen!

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Sunday, October 24, 2004, 09:48 AM

Well done Elizabeth! Spot on. Yes, I agree. The change should never have been made, especially when one considers that the Goodchild Cargo of Horses leaves intact the moment when Tamzin rushes out of Castle Farm, shotgun in hand, and shoots out the tyres of Taffy's truck!! And while we're on the subject, Holleybone should never have been changed to Tom either. Has anyone noticed the mysterious Walter Galley character in White Riders and Cargo? Who is he? In Cargo he could be a misprint for Walter Goddard..but he's in TWR as well. ???