The Horsy Set
Pan, London, 1966
(price: 3/6; 176 pages)
first published in UK by WH Allen & Co, 1963
dedication: To my husband, Adam Kanarek
The blurb on the back:
The poor little rich girls of all ages, who work terribly hard at riding and drinking and - between times - at philandering and setting their caps at the virile riding-master for whom they yearn.
Brenda, who tells the story, is only 17. She is aware of everything that goes on, and embarrassed by nothing save her own virginity. But she has the guts and character to reach out for a more important way of life than the one she sees around her...
'Sensational, racy, earthy, throbbing with life on every page' ... 'Loaded with sex' ... 'Goes even further than her other bestseller Chocolates for Breakfast' - American reviews of this outspoken novel
'Not for Mrs Grundy' - Books and Bookmen
I don't know how I'll ever get up the nerve to begin this book because I've never written anything really, unless I count that senior term paper called 'Training the Horse Trains the Rider' about sportsmanship and guts and all on which I got my one and only A in the Westchester Country Classes which made me absolutely flip.
It's raunchy, it's shocking, it's ... oh, I can't be bothered. It's rubbish. It's unreadable. It's a waste of your time.
Nice cover, though.
ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5