Saturday, December 02, 2006

Monica Brailey

Monica Brailey had one anonymous contribution in Swift Annual 3 (1956). She illustrated a number of books in the early 1950s and wrote a series of small (14-page 5 3/4" x 4 3/4") children's books featuring a character named Wendy.

Possibly Gwendoline Monica Brailey born in Kent in 1902.

Books for Children
The Wendy Books (series). Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 8 vols., 1954-57 .
__5: Wendy Tells Her News.

Illustrated Books
Barbara's Worst Term by Brenda Cross. London, William Heinemann, 1951.
The Children of Blowy Tump by Ruby Cooke. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1951.
Ginger for Pluck by Heather Prime. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1952.
The Puppet Theatre, and No Show without Toby by John Hornby. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son (Kingfisher Books B3), 1952.
Brenda in the Lower Fifth by Brenda Cross. London, William Heinemann, 1953.
Jacko Comes Home. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son (Kingfisher Books B6), 1954.


  1. Monica Brailey was my mother's cousin. She worked for `blackie I know, continued to paint until her death. I'm trying to find out more about her. Known as Bunty Pountney.

  2. Hi Sally,

    I see that Monica Pountney was a painter and illustrator ... presumably the illustrations I mentioned were published under her maiden name. A quick look at Ancestry turns up the marriage of Monica Brailey to David A. Pountney in Aldershot in 1940.

    Would I be right in saying she was the Monica Pountney born in London on 24 April 1913 who died in Wales in 2004?

  3. I think you're right in identifying this author & illustrator as Monica Brailey, born in Hampstead (according to her birth record) on 24 Apr 1913 (according to the 1939 Register and her death record), married Mr Pountney in 1940, and died in Carmarthenshire (according to her death record) on 15 Apr 2004 (according to her grant of probate) - as her 1939 Register entry gives her occupation as 'commercial artist'.



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