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Joanna Cannan (1898 — 1961) was a writer of pony books and detective books. Her pony books were aimed primarily at children.

Youngest daughter of Oxford don Charles Cannan and Mary Wedderburn, also cousin of Gilbert Cannan, it is perhaps her children she is best known for, being mother to Josephine Pullein-Thompson, Diana Pullein-Thompson, Christine Pullein-Thompson and Denis Cannan. One of three daughters, she was the sister of the poet May Cannan, also sister of Dorothea Cannan and grandmother to Charlotte Popescu, Phillip, Mark and Lucy. In addition she was a great grandmother to 8 children (Oliver, Daniel, Anna, Benjamin, Thomas and Hamish, Edwina and Maxwell).

Though born and brought up in Oxford, she had a fondness for Scotland, which was the destination for many family holidays and part of her maternal heritage. Her ancestors participated in some of the seminal events in Scottish history, such as the Jacobite rising and Battle of Culloden. It is no surprise, then, that many of her books are set there. The wilds of Roshven in the West Highlands must have seen a dramatic and romantic location in comparison to sedate Oxford, especially when the Cannan children were 'provided with an unrelenting diet of boys' adventure stories'.

During World War I she became a VAD nurse; it was during her nursing duties in Oxford when she met her future husband Captain Harold J "Cappy" Pullein-Thompson, whom she married in 1918. Although she became Joanna Cannan Pullein-Thompson, she only published as Joanna Cannan. As he was badly injured during the war, she was the main income for the family, producing a book every year until she died. After their marriage she moved to Wimbledon. Disapproving of traditional education, she encouraged her daughters to write and to be self-reliant. However she did impose a wide variety of strict house rules including "Don't talk horses at meals", a rule that was hard for her daughters to follow.

Most of her pony books were published before or during World War II; after the war she began to experiment with detective stories, because she felt the world she used to write about was beginning to disappear. In the early 1950s her health began to decline: she was eventually diagnosed with tuberculosis. She died in 1961, four years after her husband.

A painting of Joanna Cannan is hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

As well as the books listed, she also contributed to a few magazines during her lifetime.

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Total Books: 22
The Taste of Murder
2016 - The Taste of Murder [Dover Mystery Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780486806051
ISBN-10: 0486806057
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

London Pride
2007 - London Pride (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906123055
ISBN-10: 1906123055
Genre: Children's Books

We Met Our Cousins
2006 - We Met Our Cousins (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780955191039
ISBN-10: 0955191033
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

And Be a Villain
2000 - And Be a VIllain [Linford Mystery Library Large Print] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780708956762
ISBN-10: 0708956769

Death at the Dog
1999 - Death at the Dog (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780915230235
ISBN-10: 0915230232
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

They Rang Up the Police
1997 - They Rang Up the Police [Inspector Guy Northeast, Bk 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780915230273
ISBN-10: 0915230275
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

1995 - Hamish (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781899470129
ISBN-10: 1899470123

High Table
1987 - High Table [20th Century Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780192820303
ISBN-10: 0192820303
Genre: Literature & Fiction

I Wrote a Pony Book
1977 - I Wrote a Pony Book (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340196403
ISBN-10: 0340196408

More Ponies for Jean
1976 - More Ponies for Jean (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340196397
ISBN-10: 0340196394

Another Pony for Jean
1973 - Another Pony for Jean (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780340169056
ISBN-10: 0340169052

Pony for Jean
1970 - Pony for Jean [Knight Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340039977
ISBN-10: 0340039973

Murder Included
Murder Included [Linford Mystery Library Large Print] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780708956700
ISBN-10: 070895670X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

All Is Discovered [Linford Mystery Library] (Paperback)
Body in the Beck
Body in the Beck [Linford Mystery] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708957813
ISBN-10: 0708957811
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Princes in the Land (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781903155530
ISBN-10: 1903155533
Genre: Literature & Fiction