Muriel Wace

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Muriel Wace (1881-1968) was an English children's book author known by the pseudonym Golden Gorse.

Among her works was the popular Moorland Mousie (1929) (illustrated by Lionel Edwards), the story of an Exmoor Pony, believed to be strongly influenced by Anna Sewell's Black Beauty.[1][2][3][4] Wace carefully maintained her anonymity, and did not allow her publishers to disseminate any biographical information about her.[5] She wrote four fictional pony books, in addition to highly regarded instruction manuals.[6][7]


  • The Young Rider: Ponies for Health and Pleasure (non-fiction) (1928)
  • Moorland Mousie (1929)
  • Older Mousie (1932)
  • The Young Rider’s Picture Book (non-fiction) (1936)
  • Janet and Felicity, The Young Horsebreakers (1937)[8]
  • Mary in the Country (1955) (illustrated by E.H. Shepard)[9]


  1. ^ Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, p.200 (2010) (ISBN 978-0786443734)
  2. ^ Hunt, Peter. International companion encyclopedia of children's literature, p.362 (1996) (ISBN 978-0415088565)
  3. ^ Ferriss, Helen. For Minds In The Making, Pittsburgh Press, August 17, 1930
  4. ^ Eaton, Anne T. The New Books for Children (Reviews), The New York Times, February 2, 1930
  5. ^ Huber, Miriam Blanton, ed. Story and Verse for Children, p.758 (Revised ed. 1955) (entry for Golden Gorse)
  6. ^ Winter, Gordon (1979) 'In Search of “Golden Gorse”’ in Riding Annual 1980
  7. ^ Kendrick, Jenny (2006) ‘Equine fiction between the wars and the woman who called herself ‘Golden Gorse’’ in P. Pinsent (ed.) Out of the Attic: Some Neglected Children’s Authors of the Twentieth Century, Lichfield: Pied Piper
  8. ^ Buell, Ellen Lewis. The New Books for Younger Readers, The New York Times, January 23, 1938
  9. ^ Golden Gorse, Jane Badger Books (quoting piece by Clarissa Cridland), retrieved September 7, 2010

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