There Must Be A Pony! by James Kirkwood

Published by Jonathan Cape, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a couple of short tears to the tail of the spine and rubbing at the top corners of both panels. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

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From the cover: There Must Be a Pony! is a tragicomedy about the precarious and often grotesquely funny world of the young. Gripping, hilarious, and at times terrifying, it shares the qualities, and to some extent the outlook, of The Catcher in the Rye.

Josh, the hero and narrator, is the sixteen-year-old son of one-time film star, Rita Cydney. His sensitive nature and wildly unconventional upbringing have made him a precociously sophisticated boy full of certainties about the world and doubts about himself.

His mother, called The Hard-Luck Girl of the Movies, has seen both her career and her three marriages destroyed. Not until she meets Ben Nichols does it seem that she and Josh may be due for their share of happiness. Unlike her previous lovers, Ben takes a fatherly interest in Josh and gives him, for the first time, the chance to grow up in a domestic atmosphere of love and understanding.

But this world of security is abruptly and agonizingly torn apart. The following weeks of sensational publicity find Josh struggling to make sense of the scandalous mystery which has hurled him and his mother on to the front page of every newspaper in the country.

The portrait of Josh, so very vulnerable to circumstance, is sharply etched as he tells the story in his own wry vernacular. It is the story of a courageous and unusually perceptive boy who refuses to accept without a fight the tragedy surrounding his life. That this boy, plunged into an adult ultra-sophisticated world, still searches for its goodness, adds unusual depth to an already compelling novel of humour and suspense.

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