Ruth Tomalin

British/Irish author and poet. Born in 1919 in Kilkenny, Ireland, but was brought up on the Sussex/Hampshire border in England. Her father, as well as being a gardener was also a writer. Ms. Tomalin studied journalism, worked on the land, in stables, and as a reporter. She always loved the countryside and animals and spent much of her spare time watching wildlife. Her books and poetry reflect this interest and knowledge. She wrote a number of books for children, including one pony story for younger readers, plus adult novels, verse, autobiographical writings and other non-fiction. She also wrote under the name Ruth Leaver.

A Green Wishbone, Puffin edition)

Horse & Pony Books:

aka THE GREEN WISHBONE (Faber paperback edition)
(FABER & FABER 1975)
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin in 1978.
Reprinted in paperback by Faber in 1989 when its title was very slightly changed.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Puffin paperback, Faber paperback.
SUMMARY: Younger children's animal and pony story. Holly and brother Jon think their mother's brooch looks like a magic wishbone, so they try wishing on it. Holly wishes for a pony and Jon for his new school to start keeping pets. Will their wishes come true?

Collectors Info:
Easy to find in the UK, especially in paperback. Rarer in the USA, although copies can be found there.