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Patricia Leitch born 13 July, 1933, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, is a Scottish writer, best known for her series of children's books about Jinny Manders and her wild, traumatised Arabian horse Shantih, set in the Scottish Highlands. The 12 books in the Jinny series were published between 1976 and 1988 by Armada. They are currently out of print.

The Jinny series books often contain this brief biographical information:

"Patricia Leitch started riding when a friend persuaded her to go on a pony trekking holiday - and by the following summer she had her own Highland pony, Kirsty. She wrote her first book shortly after this and writing is now her full-time occupation, but she has also done all sorts of different jobs, including being a riding-school instructor, groom, teacher and librarian. She lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland, with a bearded collie called Meg."

Patricia Leitch is a vegan. Animal welfare and vegetarianism are strong themes in her books. Celtic, Arabic and Buddhist mythology and philosophy are also frequently referred to.

The Jinny series marks a significant departure from the traditional 'tweedy' horse and pony stories aimed at middle-class children. Jinny is a scruffy, willful, tom-boyish girl who doesn't have any social or romantic aspirations. Serious social justice issues are raised throughout the series, forcing Jinny to confront her own prejudices and character faults.

Underlying the series is a sense of predestination deriving from Celtic mythology. Jinny is portrayed as a gifted or chosen child with special and dangerous tasks to perform, guided by mysterious and sometimes frightening characters such as the Red Horse (agent of the Celtic Horse Goddess Epona) and the Walker. In this way it resembles the Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper.

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Total Books: 76
Jinny at Finmory  Jump for the Moon
2015 - Jinny at Finmory Jump for the Moon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846471759
ISBN-10: 1846471753
Genre: Children's Books

Jinny at Finmory  Ride Like the Wind
2013 - Jinny at Finmory Ride Like the Wind (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846471629
ISBN-10: 1846471621
Genre: Children's Books

The Magic Pony Patricia Leitch
2012 - The Magic Pony Patricia Leitch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846471520
ISBN-10: 1846471524
Genre: Children's Books

For the Love of a Horse
2010 - For the Love of a Horse [Jinnny of Finmory] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846471063
ISBN-10: 1846471060

A Devil to Ride
2010 - A Devil to Ride [Jinnny of Finmory] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846471070
ISBN-10: 1846471079

1997 - Show Jumper Wanted [Horseshoes , No 5] (Other)
Mystery Horse
1997 - Mystery Horse [Horseshoes , No 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064406390
ISBN-10: 0064406393
Genre: Children's Books

Kestrels 3 Books in 1
1996 - Kestrels 3 Books in 1 [Kestrels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006752776
ISBN-10: 0006752772

Pony Club Rider
1996 - Pony Club Rider [Horseshoes, No 4] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780060272869
ISBN-10: 0060272864
Genre: Children's Books

CrossCountry Gallop
1996 - Crosscountry Gallop [Horseshoes, No. 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780064406369
ISBN-10: 0064406369
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Pony Club Rider
1996 - Pony Club Rider [Horseshoes, No. 4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064406376
ISBN-10: 0064406377
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Jumping Lessons
1996 - Jumping Lessons [Horseshoes, No 2] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780060272883
ISBN-10: 0060272880
Genre: Children's Books

The Perfect Horse
1996 - The Perfect Horse [Leitch, Patricia. Horseshoes, #1.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064406345
ISBN-10: 0064406342
Genre: Children's Books

Jumping Lessons
1996 - Jumping Lessons [Horseshoes, Bk 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064406352
ISBN-10: 0064406350
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Jinny 2in1
1995 - Jinny 2in1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006750970
ISBN-10: 0006750974

Pony Puzzle
1995 - Pony Puzzle [Kestrels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006749271
ISBN-10: 0006749275

Stolen Pony
1995 - Stolen Pony [Kestrels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006749288
ISBN-10: 0006749283

Chestnut Gold
1995 - Chestnut Gold [Jinny] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006750963
ISBN-10: 0006750966

The Magic Pony / Ride Like the Wind
1995 - The Magic Pony / Ride Like the Wind [Jinny] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006750956
ISBN-10: 0006750958

Gallop to the Hills
1995 - Gallop to the Hills [Jinny 2-in-1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006750710
ISBN-10: 0006750710

The Summer Riders
1994 - The Summer Riders [Jinny 2-in-1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006750703
ISBN-10: 0006750702

Jinny 3in1 1992
1992 - Jinny 3in1 1992 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780006943457
ISBN-10: 0006943454

1992 - Horse in a Million [Jinny] (Paperback)
1992 - The Magic Pony [Jinny] (Paperback)
1992 - The Special Pony [Kestrels] (Paperback)
1992 - A Pony to Jump [Kestrels] (Paperback)
1992 - For Love of a Horse [Jinny S.] (Paperback)
1988 - Running Wild [Jinny] (Paperback)
1986 - Horse of Fire [The Jinny Series] (Paperback)
1985 - Jump for the Moon [Jinny] (Paperback)
1984 - Ride Like the Wind [The Jinny Series] (Paperback)
1980 - Dream of Fair Horses [An Armada pony book] (Paperback)
1980 - Cross Country Pony [Knight Books] (Paperback)
1979 - Pony of Our Own [Knight Books] (Paperback)
1978 - Horse for the Holidays [An Armada pony book] (Paperback)
First Pony [Pony Bks.] (Other)
Rebel Pony [Pony Bks.] (Other)
Afraid to Ride [Pony Bks.] (Other)
Crosscountry Gallop [Horseshoes] (Other)
The Perfect Horse [Horseshoes, #1] (Other)
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