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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Jackdaw E Books (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957361238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957361232
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,482,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Millard was born in Cheshire, and took an honours degree in English Literature at University College, Chester. She moved to Cumbria in 1975 and now lives with her husband in "a very small hamlet at the end of the world". She has a grown-up daughter and son.

Her books are available from Amazon and from http://www.jackdawebooks.co.uk.

Her non-fiction book about Fell ponies and their breeders, "Hoofprints in Eden" (Hayloft, 2005), won its class in the Lakeland Book of the Year awards in 2006.

The cartoon book about Fell ponies, "One Fell Swoop," (1987) continues to sell and is in its 3rd edition. Sue has written a teen novel "Against the Odds" (paperback 1995, Kindle edition 2013), set in the world of English steeplechasing, while the children's book "Dragon Bait" (2012), came out of a challenge from another writer to produce a cartoonable story from a legend. The comic novella, "The Forthright Saga" (2012) is set in a fictional Cumbrian town, and "Coachman" (2012), a historical novel, is set in Carlisle and London in the opening years of the Victorian age.

On the "other side" of the literary fence, Sue's poems have appeared in The Interpreter's House, Pennine Platform, Prole, Snakeskin, Lighten Up Online and Butcher's Dog. In 2012, 'Pink' - a poem about the death of her grand-daughter - appeared in the Candlestick Press pamphlet anthology, In Memoriam: Poems of Bereavement, alongside work by Carol Ann Duffy, Billy Collins, Jackie Kay, Paul Durcan, Wendy Cope and many others. A poetry pamphlet, "Ash Tree", was published in August 2013 by Prole Books.

Sue appeared on the TV quiz "Mastermind" in 1984. She was a regular contributor to Carriage Driving Magazine, was the cartoonist for the pony magazine Going Native until its closure in 1995 and still occasionally contributes to its successor Native Pony.

Sue has a Masters degree in Multimedia Computing, so besides her writing, she works from home as a web manager. She is a panel judge for the Fell Pony Society, serves on their Council and Overseas Sub-Committee, and edits their web site and their twice-yearly magazine. She owns a black Fell pony known to his friends as Mr T, and a bay Fell mare called Ruby.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fellmare on 11 Jan. 2013
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I loved this book, the characters were very funny. They were down to earth 'real' people and I could identify with their actions. Meriel and her malapropisms had me in stitches. I have read non fiction by this author and enjoyed sharing her in depth knowledge of Fell ponies, their habitat and their breeders. This is the first of the author's fiction works I have read and will read more in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol W on 9 Mar. 2013
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This is a highly amusing book to read, especially when you did cheering up. The characters are down to earth and believable, often with the most imaginative names. A good and well written story, this is an easy, light and delightful book.
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I have just finished The Forthright Saga, and what a marvellous read it is. Brilliantly written by a very talented writer, her knowledge of language is excellent, enabling a very entertaining read with several words that most definitely won't be heard in other parts of England. The Northern village of Dangleby, quite close to Pullet-St-Mary could so easily be real, such is the excellence of the writing. The author brings us some charming characters, and brings them all alive with her clever use of language. The subtle plays on words, and use of dialect really took me right into the story. The plot is good, starting quite slowly, meandering a little as the characters take shape, before evolving into a gripping second half. The whole story is written with plenty of humour and I found it to be most enjoyable. An excellent book that I would recommend to just about anyone!
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Free this weekend for trial run 15 Sept. 2012
By K. Conklin - Published on Amazon.com
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2.5 Stars, Please. Yes, there is some humor here, but not my kind and not enough to take me to the end. I did give up at 60% completion since I could not understand where the author was taking me. I wanted to like it. If you are a quirky Brit, give it a try while you can nab the book this weekend without cost. If you think it might be funny that a young wife in the village mixes up her words, e.g. "orgasmic" rather than "organic" - this is your kind of book. She did succeed in creating a couple of interesting characters, or I would have deleted the book immediately.
A wonderfully engaging story. 31 Oct. 2013
By Alec Hawkes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quite superb read, wonderful English humour at it's best. Gentle at times, hilarious at others. The author has created some quite wonderful characters, and her use of language is quite marvellous. The plot is very engaging; starting slowly, with plenty of detail to get the reader well in tune with all the characters, then building very nicely indeed to become quite gripping. The whole story is very well written indeed. I look forward to more of the splendid Nora Forthright!
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