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About the Author


The Puncs were created and written by Barbara Cooper, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in the world of publishing. She spent 3 years as a feature-writer on Woman before going freelance in 1957. She was sent by Everybody’s Weekly to Nigeria to write about a BOAC ‘Lollipop Special’ for ex-pat children coming to school in the UK. This inspired her first book in 1959, The BOAC Book of Flight (for children), which led on to a close relationship with the airline lasting more than 25 years. Renting an office in the BOAC building, she formed Threshold Books to produce a series of booklets called BOAC Regional Guides: eventually there were some 50 guides produced as well as a series for the BOAC Junior Jet Club chronicling the adventures of a friendly Jumbo Jet called Dilbert.


During the late ‘60s, driven by a passion for horse trials, she wrote and published the first book on Badminton and initiated a sponsored annual series called the Midland Bank Horse Trials Handbook. This led to an association lasting 26 years with The Pony Club, developing and producing all their publications. Other titles produced by Barbara include: The Royal Ballet: the First 50 Years; The Royal Office of Master of the Horse; the first book on Burghley Horse Trials; the Olympic Three-Day Event, Los Angeles ‘84; and books with Ginny Holgate and Mark Todd.


To find out more about Barbara Cooper and her remarkable life, click HERE.



About the Illustrator


Maggie Raynor is well-known as one of the UK’s best equestrian illustrators—but as you will have noticed with the Puncs, her talents don’t end there.  Educated in Sheffield and at the Royal College of Art in London, her work has been published in medical, children’s, gardening and educational books.  She also undertakes private commissions, and has her own website selling equestrian prints of her favourite artwork:

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