Kate Thompson

Prize winning British author of both children's and adult fiction. Born in Halifax in 1956. As a child she  loved horses and as an adult she worked for several years with race horses. After feeling a change of career was needed, Ms. Thompson studied law for a while, travelled to India, where she became involved in voluntary work and then moved to Ireland where she ran a small-holding and where she still lives. As well as being interested in horses from an early age, she also had a love of writing. In the late eighties she began to write seriously, having a volume of her poems published and later a number of novels, many of which were prize winning.

The author's children's novels are mainly of the fantasy genre, and often feature animals. She has written two horse-themed novels, one is a historical story set in Ancient Rome, the other a more traditional book set in Scotland.

Kate Thompson has her own website, where you can find out lots more about her life and books.

Horse & Pony Books:

ANNAN WATER
FIRST EDITION BODLEY HEAD 2004
Reprinted in paperback by Red Fox in 2005.
EDITION PICTURED: First edition
SUMMARY: Set in Scotland. Suitable for teens and adults. Michael is a troubled young man, he feels suffocated by the constant demands his parents are making on him to help in their horse-dealing business and is also having problems at school. When he meets the strange but compelling girl Annie, he is drawn to her. But will she be his salvation or will his love for her bring tragedy?
PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES

WANTED!
aka MOST WANTED (USA title)
FIRST EDITION BODLEY HEAD 2010
ILLUSTRATED BY JONNY DUDDLE
Reprinted in paperback by Red Fox in 2005.
Published in the USA by Greenwillow, where it was re-titled.
EDITIONS PICTURED: First edition, USA edition.
SUMMARY: Historical story for younger readers. Marcus is a young boy living in ancient Rome under the shadow of an evil Emperor. When a slave boy hands a beautiful horse to Marcus seconds before he is killed, Marcus finds himself drawn into adventure and danger. For the horse just happens to be the favourite steed of the Emperorů.

Collectors info:
Both books are in still print at the time of this update (2016) and are easy to find in the UK and USA. Wanted is also available as an e-book.