When the Rivers Roared is the first in a trilogy about the Crail family, their horses, ponies and dogs. While their father is away on Army duty in Germany accompanied by their mother, the two Crail children, Martin and Margaret travel down from London by train with their two ponies and Shetland sheep dogs to Exmoor where they stay with their aunt and uncle. Thrilled to be out of London and back in the country, the young Crails have a wonderful time becoming involved with poachers, riding at the Exford Show, going fishing on the Barle and generally exploring the moor. The fun comes to an abrupt end however when, on the terrific night of 15 August 1952, the rivers roared, causing extensive flooding and the most horrific damage.
Born in 1932 in Dorset, the daughter of a Naval Officer, Diana R Tuke spent her childhood following her father from one commission to another. She was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Roehampton, at Stanford Hall near Rugby then Woldingham. She later gained the B.H.S. Prelim Instructors Certificate, despite suffering a serious road rage attack whilst riding which left her eventually crippled. Refusing to resign herself to disability, she made a very good recovery and continued to pursue her interests in farming, hunting, showing and horse eventing following eventual surgery on her spine. She also became a journalist, and an established freelancer for country and equestrian magazines in Britain and the States for many years, as well as reporting for The Daily Telegraph. Diana Tuke is the author of numerous successful technical books, mostly about caring for horses.