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K. M. Peyton (1929–2023)

Autor/a de Flambards

84+ obres 3,126 Membres 64 Ressenyes 8 preferits

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Obres de K. M. Peyton

Flambards (1968) 465 exemplars
The Edge of the Cloud (1969) 262 exemplars
Flambards in Summer (1969) 238 exemplars
Flambards Divided (1981) 178 exemplars
Blind Beauty (1999) 153 exemplars
A Pattern of Roses (1972) 106 exemplars
Snowfall (1994) 101 exemplars
Pennington's Seventeenth Summer (1970) 101 exemplars
Fly-by-night (1968) 93 exemplars
Flambards Trilogy (1978) 92 exemplars
A Midsummer Night's Death (1978) 85 exemplars
Prove Yourself a Hero (1977) 84 exemplars
The Beethoven Medal (1971) 82 exemplars
Pennington's Heir (1973) 62 exemplars
The Team (1975) 51 exemplars
Darkling (1990) 49 exemplars
Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (1983) 49 exemplars
Minna's Quest (2007) 40 exemplars
Falling Angels (1979) 36 exemplars
Poor Badger (1992) 34 exemplars
Far from Home (2009) 33 exemplars
Sea Fever (1962) 33 exemplars
Wild Lily (2016) 33 exemplars
The Maplin Bird (1964) 30 exemplars
Blue Skies and Gunfire (2006) 29 exemplars
North to Adventure (1958) 29 exemplars
Thunder in the Sky (1966) 28 exemplars
No Turning Back (2009) 27 exemplars
Small Gains (2003) 27 exemplars
Stealaway (2001) 25 exemplars
The Right-hand Man (1977) 25 exemplars
The Swallow Summer (1996) 23 exemplars
Dear Fred (1981) 23 exemplars
The Last Ditch (1984) 22 exemplars
Downhill All the Way (1988) 19 exemplars
The Plan for Birdsmarsh (1965) 19 exemplars
The Swallow Tale (1995) 18 exemplars
Greater Gains (2005) 18 exemplars
Going Home (1982) 16 exemplars
The Scruffy Pony (1999) 16 exemplars
Horse And Pony Stories (1994) 15 exemplars
Sabre, the Horse from the Sea (1948) 14 exemplars
The Boy Who Wasn't There (1992) 13 exemplars
The Wild Boy and Queen Moon (1995) 13 exemplars
Swallow the Star (1997) 13 exemplars
Pony in the Dark (2001) 12 exemplars
Unquiet Spirits (1997) 12 exemplars
The Sound of Distant Cheering (1986) 10 exemplars
Stormcock Meets Trouble (1970) 10 exemplars
Froggett's Revenge (1987) 10 exemplars
Windy Webley (1997) 10 exemplars
The Pied Piper (1999) 9 exemplars
Paradise House (2011) 9 exemplars
Windfall (1962) 8 exemplars
Plain Jack (1988) 8 exemplars
Danger Offshore (1998) 7 exemplars
Crab the Roan (1953) 6 exemplars
No Roses Round the Door (1990) 6 exemplars
Sing a Song of Ambush (1964) 6 exemplars
Late to Smile (1992) 6 exemplars
Skylark (1989) 6 exemplars
Brownsea Silver (1964) 6 exemplars
Pennington: A Trilogy (1985) 6 exemplars
The Mandrake: A Pony. (1952) 6 exemplars
The Paradise Pony (1999) 5 exemplars
Horses: Wild Reads (2009) 5 exemplars
Firehead (1998) 5 exemplars
The Pony That Went to Sea (1997) 4 exemplars
The Hard Way Home (1986) 4 exemplars
All that Glitters (2015) 3 exemplars
The Swallow Tales (2012) 2 exemplars
Queen Moon (1995) 2 exemplars
Daily Mail Annual for Girls (1960) 2 exemplars
Angst (1998) 2 exemplars
Oxford Reds: Horses (2000) 2 exemplars
Tänk om jag hade en ponny! (1991) 1 exemplars
Pony In The Dark (2014) 1 exemplars
Apple Won't Jump (1992) 1 exemplars
Fly-by-Night 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Horse Tales (1976) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
Chilling Christmas Tales (1992) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Flambards [1979 TV mini series] (2001) — Original book — 17 exemplars
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
The Key to Flambards (2018) — Epíleg — 14 exemplars
Guardian Angels (1987) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
To Break the Silence (1986) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Peyton, Kathleen Wendy Herald
Altres noms
Herald, Kathleen (birth name)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Birmingham, England, UK
Llocs de residència
London, England, UK
Manchester Art College
children's book author
pony book author
young adult writer
Premis i honors
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2014)
Biografia breu
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 a Tattered but still lovely (febrer 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 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | 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 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Sep 28, 2023 |



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