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K. M. Peyton (1929–2023)

Autor(a) de Flambards

84+ Works 3,131 Membros 64 Críticas 8 Favorited

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Obras por K. M. Peyton

Flambards (1968) 467 exemplares
The Edge of the Cloud (1969) 262 exemplares
Flambards in Summer (1969) 238 exemplares
Flambards Divided (1981) 178 exemplares
Blind Beauty (1999) 153 exemplares
A Pattern of Roses (1972) 106 exemplares
Snowfall (1994) 101 exemplares
Pennington's Seventeenth Summer (1970) 101 exemplares
Flambards Trilogy (1978) 93 exemplares
Fly-by-night (1968) 93 exemplares
A Midsummer Night's Death (1978) 85 exemplares
Prove Yourself a Hero (1977) 84 exemplares
The Beethoven Medal (1971) 82 exemplares
Pennington's Heir (1973) 62 exemplares
The Team (1975) 51 exemplares
Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (1983) 49 exemplares
Darkling (1990) 49 exemplares
Minna's Quest (2007) 40 exemplares
Falling Angels (1979) 36 exemplares
Poor Badger (1992) 34 exemplares
Far from Home (2009) 33 exemplares
Sea Fever (1962) 33 exemplares
Wild Lily (2016) 33 exemplares
The Maplin Bird (1964) 30 exemplares
Blue Skies and Gunfire (2006) 29 exemplares
North to Adventure (1958) 29 exemplares
Thunder in the Sky (1966) 28 exemplares
No Turning Back (2009) 27 exemplares
Small Gains (2003) 27 exemplares
Stealaway (2001) 25 exemplares
The Right-hand Man (1977) 25 exemplares
The Swallow Summer (1996) 23 exemplares
Dear Fred (1981) 23 exemplares
The Last Ditch (1984) 22 exemplares
Downhill All the Way (1988) 19 exemplares
The Plan for Birdsmarsh (1965) 19 exemplares
The Swallow Tale (1995) 18 exemplares
Greater Gains (2005) 18 exemplares
Going Home (1982) 16 exemplares
The Scruffy Pony (1999) 16 exemplares
Horse And Pony Stories (1994) 15 exemplares
Sabre, the Horse from the Sea (1948) 14 exemplares
The Boy Who Wasn't There (1992) 13 exemplares
The Wild Boy and Queen Moon (1995) 13 exemplares
Swallow the Star (1997) 13 exemplares
Pony in the Dark (2001) 12 exemplares
Unquiet Spirits (1997) 12 exemplares
The Sound of Distant Cheering (1986) 10 exemplares
Stormcock Meets Trouble (1970) 10 exemplares
Froggett's Revenge (1987) 10 exemplares
Windy Webley (1997) 10 exemplares
The Pied Piper (1999) 9 exemplares
Danger Offshore (1998) 9 exemplares
Paradise House (2011) 9 exemplares
Windfall (1962) 8 exemplares
Plain Jack (1988) 8 exemplares
Brownsea Silver (1964) 6 exemplares
Skylark (1989) 6 exemplares
No Roses Round the Door (1990) 6 exemplares
Sing a Song of Ambush (1964) 6 exemplares
Late to Smile (1992) 6 exemplares
The Mandrake: A Pony. (1952) 6 exemplares
Crab the Roan (1953) 6 exemplares
Pennington: A Trilogy (1985) 6 exemplares
Firehead (1998) 5 exemplares
The Paradise Pony (1999) 5 exemplares
Horses: Wild Reads (2009) 5 exemplares
The Hard Way Home (1986) 4 exemplares
The Pony That Went to Sea (1997) 4 exemplares
All that Glitters (2015) 3 exemplares
The Swallow Tales (2012) 2 exemplares
Queen Moon (1995) 2 exemplares
Daily Mail Annual for Girls (1960) 2 exemplares
Angst (1998) 2 exemplares
Oxford Reds: Horses (2000) 2 exemplares
Tänk om jag hade en ponny! (1991) 1 exemplar
Pony In The Dark (2014) 1 exemplar
Apple Won't Jump (1992) 1 exemplar
Fly-by-Night 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Horse Tales (1976) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Chilling Christmas Tales (1992) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Flambards [1979 TV mini series] (2001) — Original book — 17 exemplares
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
The Key to Flambards (2018) — Posfácio — 15 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
To Break the Silence (1986) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Peyton, Kathleen Wendy Herald
Outros nomes
Herald, Kathleen (birth name)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Birmingham, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Manchester Art College
children's book author
pony book author
young adult writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2014)

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K.M. Peyton, born in Birmingham, England, says she began writing at the age of 9. She was first published at 15 under her maiden name of Kathleen Herald. She says she "'never decided to become a writer...[she]...just was one." She grew up in London obsessed with horses: her early books are about girls who have ponies. In 1950, she married a fellow art student, Mike Peyton -- the M. in her pen name is in his honor -- and travelled with him around Europe.

She completed a teaching diploma on their return to the UK, but turned to writing full-time after a few years. One of her first books was Flambards (1967), which became the opener of a much-loved quartet. In 1979, the Flambards series was adapted into a 13-part TV series by Yorkshire Television. She has written more than 70 books in her career and received numerous top literary awards. She was appointed an MBE in 2014.



KM Peyton and Flambards em Tattered but still lovely (Fevereiro 2014)


Great ghost story with horses! I would have loved this as a kid. I immediately wrote to my sister about it. She loves horses and is caught up with ghost stories at the moment. I love KM Peyton. So sorry for her loss. I'm having fun tracking down titles of hers that I missed. Glad to have found this one. Short, quick read. More a novella or short story. Maybe a first chapter book, but the story not really at that level. Lovely illustration.
njcur | Jan 16, 2024 |
Lovely short book, first chapter book perhaps. Good story with a lot of depth for its brevity. I could really relate to Ros's worries. So glad to have it all work out. I did love the illustration with this one.
njcur | 1 outra crítica | Jan 11, 2024 |
This book completely shocked me, and I can see why so many fans of Flambards hate it. I wanted to throw it across the room several times. But it rewards reading and thinking about it, and why Peyton wrote it, and why people hate it so much.

Basically, Peyton ended the trilogy with Christina's story wrapped up like a chocolate box, she's got Flambards, she's got Dick (sweet, loyal, loving Dick, who has always cared for her since he first met her) and everyone gets to ride off into the sunset. And then ten years later she came back and wrote what I can only describe as the anti-fix-it fic, painfully deconstructing all the reasons her happy ending would never work with her actual characters, and heaping misery upon misery to Dick/Christina until they tear each other apart.

And the two big things that drive all of this are Class, and Mark. If, like me, you are very unimpressed by both of them, you will hate watching them take down Dick and Chrstina's happy ever after.

Class! Dick wanted Christina. But he didn't actually want to be master of Flambards. The servants hate him for being just another servant, raised above his station. All the social life of the gentry is closed to him, no-one invites him and Christina around for dinner because they disapprove of the marriage. People gossip, people tut, Dick wants to give Christina everything but is like a fish out of water trying to live in the world she lives in. And not only with class, she has travelled and been independant and adventurous, and Dick's imaginings of what his wife will be and what she will do make a box too small for Christina to fit in.

Mark! Uncle Russell in book 1 is 100% the bad guy. He's cruel, irrational, self obsessed, makes Will so unhappy he cripples himself, sells Sweetbriar to the hounds, burns Will's books on aeroplanes... we all hate Uncle Russell. And Mark is drawn as the chip off the old block, shallow, obsessed with hunting, casually cruel and able to trample over other people's feelings without even noticing. So the fact that the series gets rewritten to 'Christina finally realises it was Mark she has loved all along' is just... really jarring. Readers who have loved Will and loved Dick, and seen Mark be unbearably cruel to them and their families (he is literally the reason Christina loses the baby!) will not enjoy their heroine messing everything up with Dick and falling head over heels in love with Mark.

But does it make sense? Peyton is a skilled author and an excellent observer of people, and her cynical 'Dick cannot make Christina happy' is miserable but does ring true. Mark is as much a product of Uncle Russell's torture as the rest of them are. And Christina and Mark are cut from the same cloth, their love of adventure, hard riding, fast cars and parties. And there is something in Mark, that spark of 'if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same'...

Ugh, I don't know. I think I preferred the end of book 3 to the end of book 4. But book 4 really made me think!
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atreic | 3 outras críticas | Sep 28, 2023 |
Again with Flambards books that swerve and swerve hard and catch you out with the change in mood!

The last book ended with Will and Christina married and riding off into the sunset (if with the ominous overtones of war everywhere). Never one to pull their punches, Peyton doesn't give us even a glimpse of their married life, but opens this book with Will dead, Mark missing in action, and Flambards even more decayed and run down than usual. The widowed Christina has to work out what to do with her life, which turns out to be a surprising mix of building up a found / chosen family, by having Will's baby, buying Mark's bastard son off Violet, and finally confessing her love to Dick.

Then drama ensues by Mark turning out not to be dead after all and actually being the heir to Flambards, and Violet's son decides that rather than be kicked out to the farm he'll burn the farm down, but with a little storybook magic it is all wrapped up in a bow, Dick and Christina get Flambards and the children, and Mark rides off into the sunset with his rich new fiance Dorothy who has promised him a much nicer house with much better hunting somewhere else.

War and grief, and love, and what we need and what we can have, and social class, and how we treat prisoners of war, and how our early teenage years shape us forever, this book is definitely more of the Flambards magic.
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atreic | 4 outras críticas | Sep 28, 2023 |



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