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Mary Stewart(1916-2014)
Mary Stewart was a UK author who taught English Literature at Durham University in the 1940s. Besides the Merlin series, she wrote crime thrillers, gothic novels, and romances and is considered a founder of the romantic suspense genre. Some of her novels have been adapted for film. Here is an appreciation for Marty Stewart written by author Jo Walton.



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The Little Broomstick: A strange and mysterious little story

The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart

Having recently watched Mary and the Witch’s Flower, I was curious about how it measured up to its source material, particularly since I usually read the book before watching its filmic adaptation.

And The Little Broomstick (1971) is a strange little book in so many ways: beautifully written, with plenty of haunting passages, but with a story and setting that would have been served well with a lot more detail and background. Imagine Hogwarts School without any sense of its history — though Endor College predates Harry Potter by over two decades,


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A Walk in Wolf Wood: A top-notch novel for young readers

A Walk in Wolf Wood by Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart is best known for her Merlin-themed books (including The Crystal Cave), which are geared toward slightly older readers, but A Walk in Wolf Wood, (along with The Little Broomstick and Ludo and the Star Horse) are wonderful books to make accessible to younger readers. Told in clear, descriptive prose, with plenty of adventure and mystery, plus a few nuggets of wisdom, Stewart’s novels are a great addition to any child’s library.


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