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The stormy petrel
Stewart, Mary, 1916-2014.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1992.

Physical Description:
259 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Author Notes

Mary Stewart was born on September 17, 1916 in Sunderland, County Durham, England. She received a First Class Honours B.A. in English from Durham University in 1938 and a teaching certificate in 1939. She taught in elementary school until 1941 when she was offered a post at Durham University. She taught there until 1945 and received a M.A. in English during that time.

Her first book, Madam, Will You Talk?, was published in 1955. Her other works included My Brother Michael, Touch Not the Cat, This Rough Magic, Nine Coaches Waiting, Thornyhold, Rose Cottage, and the Merlin Trilogy. She also wrote children's books including Ludo and the Star Horse and A Walk in Wolf Wood. She died on May 9, 2014 at the age of 97.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stewart's ability to evoke a setting is richly apparent in her latest tale (after Thornyhold ), which takes place on Moila, a remote Hebridean island. Cambridge professor and writer Rose Fenemore seeks quiet and inspiration in a rented cottage that she expects to share with her brother, a doctor and amateur bird photographer. An unforeseen delay in his arrival gives her a week of solitude, during which time she is profoundly affected by the starkly beautiful landscape and abundant, almost fearless wildlife. Her peace of mind is shattered one rain-swept evening, however, by two unexpected visitors. Ewen Mackay, charming and persuasive, says he had been the former tenant of her cottage, and was unaware the place had been let. When, later in the same night, another man arrives, drenched and agitated, he tells Rose and Ewen he is simply seeking shelter from the storm. The visitors are jumpy, evasive and mutually antagonistic, and Rose's suspicions are aroused. The mystery of their relationship and real purpose, never menacing, is quickly solved, and takes second place to Stewart's vivid rendering of Moila's lochs, glens and wild birds, especially the graceful stormy petrels who nest there. A subplot about an irresponsible land developer seems an excessive afterthought. While devoid of real suspense, the tale is nonetheless laced with charm and good humor. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- Little does Dr. Fenemore suspect that she will become immersed in a Highland theft when she retreats from Cambridge to a remote Scottish island so that she can write without interruption. Mysterious nighttime visitors at a nearby vacant house start her wondering what is happening there. Stewart has drawn a character with whom readers will readily identify. Although there is only a hint of romance and a touch of danger, the interest in and beauty of nature and the environment provide a unifying theme. The simple plot, short chapters, and easy-to-read style make this an appropriate choice for average readers. They will, however, have to skip over descriptive British terms describing the scenery. This is easy to do and does not detract from the story line. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.