John Thorburn

British author, best known for the rather weird but highly collectable (especially the edition with Peter Biegel illustrations) horse story Hildebrande. He did write one other book but I am not sure if that is horse-related or not.

Horse and Pony Books:

HILDEBRAND
(COUNTRY LIFE 1930)
ILLUSTRATED BY 'THE WAG'
Reprinted in hardback by Collins in 1949 with illustrations by Peter Biegel.
Also reprinted along with 2 other pony novels and some horse related articles in the
Vanguard Book of Horses and Riding (see below).
SUMMARY: Perhaps the oddest pony books ever written! Hildebrand is a talking piebald horse who can only eat things beginning with 'H' and has two fox friends called Hengist and Horsa. He has lots of fairly surreal adventures.
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES

Other Editions:

THE VANGUARD BOOK OF HORSES AND RIDING
(COLLINS 1966)
Reprinted in hardback by Collins.
SUMMARY:
Hildebrand is contained in this volume along with No Mistaking Corker by Monica Edwards and They Bought her a Pony by Joanna Cannan. Plus other stories and articles.

Collectors info:
Hildebrand is quite rare, especially with dustjacket. A jacketed copy may be quite expensive. The Peter Biegel illustrated reprint is harder to find than the first edition. A far cheaper route if a reading copy only is required is the Vanguard book which is reasonably easy to find on the internet.