||The Modern Publishing Company, London [193?]
|Dust Jacket by:
Eric Fairfield, the nephew and heir of Squire Arden of Arden Hall near Newark in Nottinghamshire, persuades
his uncle to revive his interest in training racehorses, in the hope that the old "magpie jacket" colours
will again be worn by race winners. He falls in love with Nora Norton, the younger daughter of "Peg" Norton,
a self-made Nottingham lace maker with ambitions to become a county magnate. Her brother Hector seduces Amy
Jackson, and tricks her father Hiram Jackson so that he becomes a fugitive from justice. Ned Caunton, the
squire's trainer, prepares two colts for the races. His daughter Ruth is wooed by Hector Norton, she being
unaware of Amy's history. Setbacks and triumphs abound, and the fortunes of the Arden family are happily
A delightful story, engagingly told, and full of love, intrigue and success brought about by hard work. The
characters are beautifully drawn, and the descriptions of the Nottinghamshire countryside are excellent.
Especially memorable are the Arden Christmas weather, the thrilling horse races, and an adventurous train
journey. A superb tale. (TA)
||First published by Routledge. Issued by Modern Publishing under three numbers: 645, 699 and 763.
No. 645 is shown.