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Black Hunting Whip [Paperback]

Monica Edwards
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Girls Gone By (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847451071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847451071
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Children search for hunting whip from diary 18 Oct 1998
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The second in the Punchbowl farm series, this deals with the time the four children first move into Punchbowl farm, and Dion's first attempts at farming. In exploring their new home they discover a cellar that was underneath the part of the farm that had been burnt many years before. In this cellar a diary rests, and the four children, in particular Dion and his older sister Lindsey, are fascinated by the story of a long-ago boy. This boy who lived on the farm over 100 years previously, had wished to carry his father's black hunting whip in competition on his pony Blackmail, but was thwarted by his unkind uncle. Dion sets out to find this hunting whip to carry it to triumph in competition at a local show on their adored horse, Sula. However when at the show this whip is borrowed by another competitor who wins the cup, but then makes off with the whip, leaving another in its place. When he enquires of this other competitor's name, he is told that the horse was called Blackmail.... This is an excellent story, of a family settling down to their new life in the country, combining the main story with everyday happy life of Christmas, snow, and making new friends, and the start of Dion's farming career. However, life is not unrealistically joyful, and their are tragic moments, unhappy squabbles and disappointments, leading through to an entertaining story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magical book 14 Nov 2011
I read all the Punchbowl books as a child and have re-read them as an adult. They stand up amazingly well and are brilliantly evocative of children and young adults growing up in the country. The author understands what it is like for children growing up on a farm and the conflicts that can arise between farming and wildlife.She was ahead of her time in many ways. Superb books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless children's classic 3 Sep 2010
One of the most evocative of Monica Edwards' Punchbowl Farm series, this book is beautifully written and weaves an enjoyable, realistic story which appeals to all ages. The author is a rare children's writer, particularly for the era (1950's) who wrote for children as equals. She skilfully weaves adult and child perspectives into her writing is a way that avoids either condescension or over simplification.

My mother read this book as a child in the 1950's, I read it in the 1970's and my daughters have read it in the 2000's. Buy it if you can find it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first in a brilliant series 9 Jan 2004
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Monica Edwards' Punchbowl Farm series is a fantastic classic children's series about a family who move to a derelict farmhouse, complete with horses, a jersey cow and a golden retriever. Although this book will appeal to both kids and adults who like nostalgic kids' books, it's not sickly sweet in the manner of Enid Blyton books on farm life for example. Monica Edwards' characters are well developed and believable, especially Lindsay who is the central character. What's more, unlike many children's books, the adult characters are also well-developed and seem quite real.
This book also has a quirky sense of humour - I laughed out loud several times when reading it for the first time.
It's also a nice family book - a lot of children's books focus on a power struggle between children and parents, or have "wicked" parents/parent-figures who are cruel to the child (Roald Dahl springs to mind, as does Harry Potter) - Monica Edwards' books, including this one, have for the most part harmonious, and definitely loving family relationships, both between parents and children and between siblings.
I would give all the books in this series a big thumbs up.
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This is the first of Monica Edwards' books featuring the Thornton family that is set at Punchbowl Farm. This was the real Punch Bowl Farm, now once again known as Pitlands, near Thursley in Surrey. Punch Bowl Farm was Monica's home for over 20 years, and she wrote all the Punchbowl books whilst living there.
Like the rest of the Girls Gone By Punchbowl re-issues there are some introductory pieces about Monica, the area, and the farm, along with the book's publishing history.
The story itself is captivating with plenty of action. The move of the family to the farm, the buying of stock and equipment and the rebuilding of the house feature in the early chapters. Dion and Lindsey Thornton discover hidden cellars in the grounds of the farm and a diary secreted within. The diary is that of a former young resident of the farm, who was forced to leave after his father's death. He refers to his pony, Blackmail, and to his thwarted dreams of riding Blackmail at Guildford Show, but before leaving, buries his black hunting whip on the farm.
The search for the whip forms the central part of the story, with as always interesting sub-plots.
The farm is snowed in during their first winter, before this Lindsey has concussion after a fall from Sula and spends Christmas in bed . The fall with concussion at least, was a fate that befell Shelley Edwards, Monica's daughter. Shelley was the template for both Lindsey and Tamzin from the Romney Marsh stories. (Spirit of Punchbowl Farm is dedicated to 'Lindsey Tamzin Shelley who plays her recorder in the yew tree')

At the end of the story, Monica employs the device of a time-slip, which is something she also used in Spirit of Punchbowl Farm, and ties things up beautifully.
I still have my battered Armada copy of this book, (cover price 2/6) but the Girls Gone By version has given me the pleasure of so much extra information to do with Monica and her stories. Marvellous.
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