In memory of Babette Cole

Brilliant, outrageous, entertaining and fearless, Babette Cole was one of the finest illustrators of her generation but her skill with a paintbrush was more than matched by her knack for coming up with witty and original stories and finding surprising, innovative and, above all, funny ways of telling them.

Babette was a profound lover of animals and the countryside and lived in a succession of rural locations in Lincolnshire, Kent, Dorset and Devon. She was a keen rider and breeder of horses and her animal companions were the inspiration for many of her stories, from her early books about her pony Promise to her recent Fetlocks Hall series about a magical equestrian boarding school and Dr Dog, the loveable character who brought her work to the television screen.

We welcome you to add to this tribute with your own words and photos. You are invited to make a donation to the BookTrust or World Horse Welfare in her memory.

For further information on her life, artwork and books visit www.babette-cole.com

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