A Surprise for Princess Ellie by Diana Kimpton

A Surprise for Princess Ellie

Written by Diana Kimpton
Illustrated by Lizzie Finlay
Part of the Pony Mad Princess Series


A Surprise for Princess Ellie by Diana Kimpton

It's the royal jubilee and everyone is so busy getting ready for the celebrations they don't notice Ellie and her friends setting off on an adventure. When the children find a secret passage they discover more than they bargained for, and risk missing the biggest surprise of all!

About the Author

Diana Kimpton

Diana Kimpton has written more than forty books for children, including her Pony-Mad Princess series, other novels, picture books and non-fiction. She has always loved horses and finds that writing about them gives her the perfect excuse to spend time at the stables when she should be working.
Diana says " I've always made up stories. When I was a child, I did it in my head using characters from my favourite TV programmes or the horses I dreamed of owning. But I never saw writing as a possible career, especially as I didn't like English at secondary school. Perhaps I was already too much a writer at heart to enjoy dissecting other people's books. So I left school and became a maths teacher which I didn't like. Then I left teaching and became a mother which I loved. Finally, in the time left over from parenting, I became a writer which is such fun that I don't ever want to stop."

Here's Diana talking about her writing...

A Q&A with Diana about her new novel, There Must Be Horses

What led you to write There Must Be Horses?

Did you do much research for the book?

How long did it take you to write the book?
Ages - I've never spent so long on any book. I wrote the first chapter five years ago, just to see if Sasha worked as a character. Then I stopped writing while I worked on the Amy Wild - Animal Talker books, but I kept on with the research and let the story grow on my head. Once I settled down to work on the book again, I spent about a year finalising the plot and actually writing it down.

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112 pages


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2014



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