What is a clothes-pony? Well, it must be smaller than a clothes-horse, and indeed it is; a clothes-pony is a miniature clothes-horse. And the clothes-pony that Walter Tag made for his daughter Ethel was her only piece of furniture, and virtually her only possession. This is a story of a simple life, its ups and downs, and a personal journey through distress and ill fortune to happiness and a happy ending. W R Martin has magically recreated the hard but rewarding life of the Nottingham coal fields in the early years of the twentieth century, years dominated by the Great War and by the daily struggle to earn an honest living.