Elaine Horseman

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Elaine Horseman
BornElaine Hall
23 November 1925
Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, UK
DiedApril 1999
Bristol, England, UK
GenreChildren's fantasy novels

Elaine Horseman née Hall (23 November 1925 – April 1999) was a British author of three children's books, which centre on five children in an old victorian house and their experiences with a book of magic spells.[1] Horseman's first novel Hubble's Bubble was published first in England and in Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Portugal.


Elaine Hall was born in 1925 in Lichfield, Staffordshire[2] to Harold Hall, a Vicar Choral, and Olive E. Bowey. She was the second of nine children and "grew up in a house very like the Hubbles', in the Cathedral Close at Lichfield in Staffordshire".[3] In 1950 she married Leslie A. Horseman, a computer applications engineer, with whom she moved to Bristol and had two sons: Stephen Thomas and Christopher Michael. She became qualified as a teacher at the University of Birmingham and worked as a primary school teacher from 1944, before she gave up teaching in 1962 in order to write.

Of the second Hubbles or Boffins Club book, the American journal Kirkus Reviews complemented the easy transitions between fantasy and reality and observed that the children "keep up a steady banter often pleasantly silly, frequently affected, and always very British."[1]

Horseman died in Bristol, April 1999.[citation needed]


  • Hubble's Bubble, illustrated by John Sergeant (Chatto & Windus, 1964); US ed., 1964, LCCN 64-20786
  • The Hubbles' Treasure Hunt, illus. Sergeant (Chatto & Windus, 1965); US ed., 1966, LCCN 66-11773
  • The Hubbles and the Robot, illus. Sergeant (Chatto & Windus, 1968)


  1. ^ a b "THE HUBBLES' TREASURE HUNT by Elaine Horseman". Kirkus Reviews. 28 March 1966. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  2. ^ Reginald, R; Menville, Douglas; Burgess, Mary. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, volume 2. Wildside Press LLC. p. 942. ISBN 9780941028776.
  3. ^ Author information on the dust jacket of The Hubbles and the Robot, first edition.

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