Published: 15/07/2018
ISBN: 9781789013887
Format: Paperback

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Of Plum Puddings and Carriages
by Joy. M. Claxton

A litter of Dalmatians are born at a London Job Masters yard in the late 1890s, where they are cared for by nearly 9-year old Hilda, the daughter of the Job Master. As they grow up they encounter the general life of the yard, this includes the work of the harness maker, farrier and stable management, and some of the carriages that work from here. Hansom Cab, Brougham, Landau, Butchers Cart and Charabanc. The puppies grow and are sent to their adult homes.

Hilda takes one on the Omnibus to the local Vestry yard which is managed by her Uncle, here they encounter the dustcart horses and their stables. The grandpa who lives here reminisces about Grand Tours, how they were managed and the kind of carriages used. Hilda takes another puppy to more relatives who live in a London Mews. His family, and his horses are described as well as the carriages working from there. The last dog has a traumatic train journey to his new home in the country. Riding with a drunken carrier in his Float, seeing a romantic milkman with his Milk Float on his delivery round.

The readers follow this dogs life in the yard of a wealthy family. He works with the many carriages and horses joining in with the general happenings of the stable. We observe stable practices of the time and the carriages that were used by the family. The book is illustrated with accurate line drawings to confirm the text descriptions of each carriage.

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