Geoffrey Lapage

British author. Born in Cheshire in 1888. Dr. Lapage was a scientist who published a number of scientific works, mainly in the area of zoology (he seems to have been overly interested in parasites!) However he was also interested in fiction and art. He wrote a book about the role of art in science and also three children's novels and a book of child's verse.

Two of his novels made up a short pony series. These are pleasant enough stories, but their calibre does not quite match the very nice covers and text illustrations by Anne Bullen. The cover of
A Red Rosette in particular is especially lovely and the book is worth buying for that and the illustrations alone.

Susan Series:

1) A RED ROSETTE
(BURKE 1957)
ILLUSTRATED BY ANNE BULLEN
Reprinted as part of the Falcon Library in 1960.
SUMMARY: Susan must attempt a desperate ride to save a farmhouse from burning but in doing so makes new friends and has lots of horsy fun.
PONYMAD RATING: 2 HORSESHOES

2) A PONY EVERY TIME
(BURKE 1958)
ILLUSTRATED BY ANNE BULLEN
Reprinted as part of the Falcon Library in 1961.
SUMMARY: Holiday adventure story. Susan's family moves to a new area where she meets new friends and ponies and has an exciting adventure involving a ruined abbey. 
PONYMAD RATING: 2 HORSESHOES

Collectors Info:
No paperback editions. Reasonably easy books to find on the internet in the UK and not very expensive. Quite a bit harder elsewhere, with the books seeming to be rarer in the USA than in Australia/New Zealand. Prices can fluctuate quite a bit outside of the UK so it is worth non-Brits shopping around a bit before buying.