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K. M. Peyton - Author

About the Author

Born in 1929 K. M. Peyton is a well known and well loved author of over 50 books for children. Author of the Flambards Series and A Pattern of Roses, both of which have been adapted for film, she was winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1969 for The Edge of the Cloud, part of the Flambards Series.

Featured books by K. M. Peyton

Dear Fred

Dear Fred

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/04/2014

Set in the racing world of Newmarket in the 1880s, this title tells the story of Laura and her intense feelings for Fred Archer - the tall, slender young jockey who became one of the most famous men in Britain. It is based around the true story of Fred Archer's short and tragic life.

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Other books by K. M. Peyton

Marion's Angels

Marion's Angels

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

People come from all over the world to visit Marion's village, and to see the beautiful fifteenth century church, adorned with exquisitely carved angels. Marion, always an outsider, almost feels she knows the angels; and when the church is threatened with demolition, she is desperate to save them.

The Team

The Team

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2015

Ruth has outgrown her beloved pony, Fly. She needs to find a good home for Fly, and a new pony for herself. She knows the sad, shabby chestnut she sees at the local auction isn't right for her - but she's determined to make him hers.

Flambards Divided

Flambards Divided

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

The old ivy-covered house of Flambards has seen many changes since Christina first arrived as a young girl. With the First World War coming to an end, Christina feels the time has come to leave the past behind and make a new future for herself. But she finds her loyalties divided between tradition and progression, and between the two men who stand for such opposing values. She knows there is a terrible decision to be made . . . A welcome reissue of this much-loved family saga.

Flambards in Summer

Flambards in Summer

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

1916. The First World War is well underway, and Christina is one of the many women left behind. When she returns to Flambards, she finds much has changed. The house is buried in ivy, the paddocks are overgrown, and the once busy stables are deserted and desolate. Christina vows to return the manor house to its former glory, and works hard to transform her childhood home into a successful farm. It is only when a familiar face appears at her door one day that she realizes Flambards may even bring her love again . . . A welcome reissue of this much-loved family saga.

The Right-Hand Man

The Right-Hand Man

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2015

It's 1818, and reckless Ned Rowlands is the fastest stagecoach driver for miles around. Ned attracts the attention of the young Lord Ironminster - determined to win a racing wager against his wealthy cousins, the Savilles, and desperate for Ned's help. Ned is quickly drawn into a strange partnership with Ironminster; as his new friend's right hand man, Ned has an important role to play in helping him outwit the Savilles and preventing his title and estate from passing to them.

Fly-By-Night

Fly-By-Night

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2014

Ruth has never ridden a pony before - but as soon as she lays eyes on lively Fly-by-Night, she knows he has to be hers. But where is she going to find the money for a saddle and bridle - and who is going to teach her to ride?

Pony In The Dark

Pony In The Dark

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

When Tom's favourite Shetland pany, Storm, is sold to work in the coal mines, he is devastated. The poor little black pony will have to work underground for the rest of his life - never seeing the sky or breathing fresh air! And when there is a terrible accident at the mine, Tom wonders if he'll see Storm again...

The Last Ditch

The Last Ditch

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

Jonathan Meredith's life is a disaster, all because of a Greek holiday and Iris, the girl who has brought his world - parents, education, society - tumbling down. So Jonathan seeks refuge with Peter, his jockey friend with ambitions to win the National. Jonathan's life quickly becomes focused on the race, and chances of a very challenging horse . . .

A Midsummer Night's Death

A Midsummer Night's Death

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2014

Jonathan doesn't like Robin, the English master at his boarding school. It's not his inability to control his classes that he dislikes, nor even his incompetence as a teacher - it's his complete indifference to the feelings of anyone but himself. Nevertheless, Jonathan is stunned when it's announced that Robin has been found dead - drowned in the river close to the school. The coroner rules that it was suicide, but Jonathan soon comes to have reasons for doubting this . . .

Blind Beauty

Blind Beauty

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Every once in a while a great race horse is born that will become famous throughout the land. Buffoon is such a horse. Tess senses something special in him, a hunger for success as great as her own. And together, they could go further than anyone would ever have imagined. A touching tale of how friendship can prevail when the odds are stacked against you.

Prove Yourself a Hero

Prove Yourself a Hero

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2014

When Jonathan is tricked into accepting a lift home from two mysterious men in a van, it's the start of a terrifying event: a kidnapping. And if the ransom money doesn't arrive soon, he knows he'll be killed...This is a tense and thrilling novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author, K. M. Peyton.

Dear Fred

Dear Fred

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/04/2014

Set in the racing world of Newmarket in the 1880s, this title tells the story of Laura and her intense feelings for Fred Archer - the tall, slender young jockey who became one of the most famous men in Britain. It is based around the true story of Fred Archer's short and tragic life.

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Flambards

Flambards

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

When Christina is sent to live in the grand country house, Flambards, she doesn't know what to expect. Once there, she meets two young men, Mark and Will, trying to cope with their bad-tempered father. She also discovers a passion for horse-riding and a love for life in the country. As time goes by Christina begins to embrace her new life and all the social engagements that it involves, but with both brothers vying for her attention Christina knows it's just a matter of time before she has to choose . . . A welcome reissue of this much-loved family saga.

Unquiet Spirits

Unquiet Spirits

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2014

Mad is devastated when she's forced to move with her mother from London to a bleak, rural wilderness - until she gets a job restoring the local manor house, Good Graces. There, among the ancient tapestries and furniture, she meets the heir, Simon. But as Mad and Simon grow closer, Mad realises her arrival has awoken the restless spirits of the old house. One ghostly presence seems welcoming, but the other is furious - and they are both frighteningly powerful. Mad's relationship with Simon soon spirals out of control, as they are swept up in a tide of centuries-old emotion and rage.

Firehead

Firehead

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2014

The invasion of the Norsemen is approaching, and the people of Edmund Firehead's settlement must flee if they are to stand any chance of survival. But people have always found Edmund's fiery red hair startling - and the Norsemen are no exception. Instead of killing Edmund on the spot, they take him as a slave. It's the beginning of a new life - a life that leads Edmund into the heart of battle. Now that the colour of his hair is no longer enough to save him, it is time for Edmund Firehead to fight for his life . . .

Downhill All The Way

Downhill All The Way

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2013

A school ski trip to France means different things to everyone in Hoomey, Nutty, David and Jean's class. But the adventures that take place over the week make for an unforgettable trip - and none of them will be quite the same by the time they return home.

Pony In The Dark

Pony In The Dark

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2013

When Tom's favourite Shetland pony, Storm, is sold to work in the coal mines, he is devastated. The poor little black pony will have to work underground for the rest of his life - never seeing the sky or breathing fresh air! And when there is a terrible accident in the mine, Tom wonders whether he'll ever be with Storm again... A heart-warming story from an award-winning author.

A Pattern Of Roses

A Pattern Of Roses

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2013

When Tim finds a strange old drawing hidden up the chimney in his crumbling new home, he notices it's signed by someone with the initials T. R. I. - the same initials as his own. In the local churchyard, Tim stumbles across Tom Inskip's gravestone, and begins to investigate his early death. But the deeper Tim delves into the past, the more Tom seems to come to life. Is he sending a message? Or is it a warning?

Pennington's Heir Book 3

Pennington's Heir Book 3

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2013

After nine months in prison, Patrick Pennington returns to pick up the pieces of his musical career and his relationship with his girlfriend Ruth. But he's faced with an unexpected emotional crisis: Ruth is pregnant, and he's about to become a father...

The Beethoven Medal Book 2

The Beethoven Medal Book 2

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

Being in love with Patrick Pennington isn't easy. With his all-consuming passion for music, and his desperate need for freedom, Ruth isn't sure there's room for her in his life. Will he ever love and need her in return?

Poor Badger

Poor Badger

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

Ros falls instantly in love with the beautiful black and white pony that she discovers tethered in a field near her home. She has always longed for a pony of her own. If only he belonged to her . . . But Badger (as Ros and her friend, Leo, name the pony) belongs to someone else, and Ros watches with mounting horror as she sees the way his real owners treat him. At first it is just neglect, but worse is to come and, as the long cold winter nights draw in, Ros knows that she can no longer bear to stand by and see the once-beautiful pony suffer. Together with Leo she hatches a desperate plan - a plan to rescue poor Badger . . .

Small Gains

Small Gains

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

Set just after the Napoleonic wars, Small Gains is the story of Clara, a true heroine who struggles to keep her head above water in a time of poverty and prejudice. Nat, the cruel but incredibly attractive son of the local rich family, turns Clara and her family's lives upside down, both in the world of racing and in the flushes of first love. And with the threat of tuberculosis hanging over them all, Clara faces up to her extraordinary life and loves with certainty and passion.

Pennington's Seventeenth Summer Book 1

Pennington's Seventeenth Summer Book 1

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

Patrick Pennington is out of control, and seems to be heading for disaster. But when he meets Sylvia, he feels like his world has been turned upside down. Penn seventeenth summer could be the most memorable of his life...

Windy Webley

Windy Webley

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

Webley is a fine black army horse, ridden by a soldier called Fred. But he is not a very GOOD army horse. When he gets bored, he crosses his eyes, drops his ears out sideways and hangs his tongue out. And when he gets very bored, he lifts his tail and makes a very rude noise . . . A delightful and light-hearted horsey tale, perfect for younger readers.

The Boy Who Wasn't There

The Boy Who Wasn't There

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

A body in the lake - and a murderer on the loose . . . When thirteen-year-old Arnold sees a dead body floating in a lake, he finds himself in deep trouble. For now someone is trying to kill him too - to wipe out the only witness! His only chance of escape seems to lie in taking up his new friend Jodie's suggestion to join her on a schools orchestra tour in the Highlands of Scotland. It won't matter that he can't play a note of music. The important thing is that he will be safe. Or will he? For the murderer is a desperate killer who will stop at nothing . . .

The Wild Boy And Queen Moon

The Wild Boy And Queen Moon

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Racing through the night, at one with its bareback boy rider, the beautiful grey mare is everything Sandy has ever dreamed of. But who is the wild boy rider? And could he possibly be involved when an incident at her parents' livery yard leaves Sandy feeling unable to trust anyone - even those closest to her? As mystery follows mystery and Sandy begins to suspect a shocking truth, the wild boy rider and his beautiful horse - Queen Moon - are drawn into her world. And, nothing, for Sandy, can ever be the same again . . .

Darkling

Darkling

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Darkling is ragged and wild, but Jenny can't help falling for him. As soon as her grandfather buys the chestnut colt, she is thrilled. But a racing colt turns out to be a frightening responsibility - especially one as temperamental as Darkling...

Greater Gains

Greater Gains

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Clara has been left a widow, pregnant with another man's child, and it seems as if things could not get worse. But soon her pretty and reckless youngest sister, Ellen, is harshly sentenced to deportation to the newly-discovered land of Australia, alongside many other convicts. And back in Norfolk, Clara becomes the victim of blackmail that puts her in the clutches of the wicked Nat Grover in more ways than one . . . Will her pure love for Prosper Mayes ever survive? Spanning from the gritty county of Norfolk to the wilds of Australia in the early nineteenth century, the Garlands face huge obstacles in their struggle to survive as a family. Yet, they remain as inimitable and courageous as ever.

The Swallow Tales

The Swallow Tales

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2012

Rowan is desperate for a horse of her own - so when her father narrowly misses colliding with a dark, beautiful stray, she feels he was always supposed to be hers. Exciting, passionate and adventurous, these stories from bestselling author K M Peyton are the perfect read for any girl who loves horses.

Minna's Quest

Minna's Quest

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2009

Strong-willed Minna is just a blacksmith's daughter, yet she raises a sickly abandoned foal to become the pride of the Roman cavalry. When her fort is threatened by blood-thirsty pirates, the fate of the people depends on Minna and her beloved horse alone, as they set out on a journey to fetch help.

Wild Reads: Horses

Wild Reads: Horses

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2009

This marvellous book covers a wide range of topics, from different breeds of horse, horse history and how to look after your horse. Packed with facts and illustrations this is a wonderful introduction to the animal world for young readers. For real horse enthusiasts this book also suggests websites and places to visit to find out even more! Other titles in this series: *Big Cats *Spiders *Frogs and Toads *Bees *Elephants *Wolves *Snakes *Sharks *Rats *Whales *Crocodiles *Dinosaurs *Dogs

Blind Beauty

Blind Beauty

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

Every once in a while a great race horse is born that will become famous throughout the land. Buffoon is such a horse Tess senses something special in him, a hunger for success as great as her own. And together, they could go further than anyone would ever have imagined...This is a touching tale of how friendship can prevail when the odds are stacked against you.

GREATER GAINS

GREATER GAINS

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Greater Gains continues the story of the love-hate relationship between Clara Garland and Nat Grover. Clara has been left a widow, pregnant with another man's child, and it seems as if things could not get worse. But soon her pretty and reckless youngest sister, Ellen, is harshly sentenced to deportation to the newly discovered land of Australia, alongside many other convicts. And back in Norfolk, Clara becomes the victim of blackmail that puts her in the clutches of the wicked Nat Grover in more ways than one...Will her pure love for Prosper Mayes ever survive? Spanning from the gritty county of Norfolk to the wilds of Australia in the early nineteenth century, the Garlands face huge obstacles in their struggle to survive as a family. Yet, they remain as inimitable and courageous as ever.

Flambards in Summer

Flambards in Summer

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/1999

Widowed during the First World War at the age of 21, Christina returns to Flambards in the hope of picking up the threads of the life she knew before her marriage. But the Flambards Christina returns to is not the same - the paddocks are a jungle, the house buried in ivy, and the once busy stables empty and desolate. Christina sets herself to the task of returning Flambards to its former glory. This third novel in the best-selling Flambards series was reissued in the Oxford Children's Modern Classics series earlier this year, and is now being issued in a mass-market paperback format.

The Paradise Pony

The Paradise Pony

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1999

Lauren and Tashy love their ponies, Humpfrey and Monkey, even if - as rescue ponies - they aren't really very good at anything. Secretly, both girls would love to be able to win rosettes. Then Cobweb appears - a beautiful, silvery, ghost pony from Paradise. And when Cobweb joins the girls on a ride out, some of her magic seems to rub off on to their real ponies and Humpfrey and Monkey can jump beautifully...

The Edge of the Cloud

The Edge of the Cloud

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/1999

Christina and Will have escaped Flambards for London with their heads full of dreams, only to find a whole new set of problems. Not only the basic ones of work and a place to live, but Will's single-minded ambition to desing and pilot flying machines, which terrify Christina every time he leaves the ground. Will is certain he can become a success, but what price is he willing to pay for the glory? A Carnegie Medal winner in 1969, this novel is now reissued in a smaller format mass-market paperback.

The Scruffy Pony

The Scruffy Pony

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/1999

Carrie adores riding Red Robin. He is a perfect pony in every way and she is heartbroken when he has to be sold as her father loses his job and the family move into a small cottage. But when she tidies up the little stable at the bottom of their new garden, the next-door farmer surprises her with a new pony to live there. There's just one problem: Carrie can't stand the thin, muddy, dirty, scruffy pony. He's so ugly she nicknames him Rabbit - but can the unloved little pony work his way into Carrie's heart?

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