Brian Fairfax-Lucy (1898-1974)

One of the few British male pony book writers from the early part of the century. As well as these two pony-related works he wrote a couple of other general children's stories. Most famous is The Children of the House (later republished as The Children of Charlecote). This was written with Philippa Pearce and tells the story of a group of children who live at the great Charlecote House in Warwickshire before the first world war, and have many adventures in its vast grounds. Charlecote House is a real place, now owned by the National Trust and was once actually the home of the Fairfax-Lucy family. The book was based on the Edwardian childhood of the author and his siblings. (The book is discussed at length in the chapter about Philippa Pearce in Coming of Age in Children's Literature by Margaret Meek.)

Also wrote a story with the delightful title of
The Cat Did it!

Horse & Pony Books:

HORSES IN THE VALLEY
(OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1941)
ILLUSTRATED BY STANLEY LLOYD
Reprinted by Richard Clay in 1942 and in paperback by Transworld in the 1950s.

THE HORSE FROM INDIA
(FREDERICK MULLER 1944)
ILLUSTRATED BY STANLEY LLOYD
Reprinted by Frederick Muller in 1945.
SUMMARY: While his parents are in India, young Richard runs away from school and gets a job as an apprentice jockey.

Collectors info:
The non-pony Children of the House is very easy to find, having been recently reprinted as an Oxford Children's Classic book. The pony books are not common but are not that difficult to track down with a little effort and are usually reasonably priced.