Mary Queen of Plots

The writing of Mary Stewart (1916-2014)

Questions and comments

This is a space for general, public comments and questions.

There is still the opportunity to reply below every post – for comments that tend to be specific, relating to the book/subject of each post, and these are public comments.

There is still  the ‘Get in Touch’ form. This contact form is private, your comment is emailed to me and I reply to your email address. (For example, if you were to win a book giveaway and needed to send me your address, or if you had a spoilerific plot enquiry, this is the best way to contact me.) Many interesting comments have arrived via this ‘Get in Touch’ form, not for privacy reasons but because it was the best way to send a question that was not connected to any of my posts. Now you can contact me using this page, the conversation will be public and everyone can join in!

This is an experiment, I don’t know if it will work very well. Please let me know if there is a better way to manage comments and questions!

4 thoughts on “Questions and comments

  1. Allison, thank you so much for this amazing blog! Mary Stewart has been my favorite author since I was 11 or 12 years old, when my mother first handed me one of her books. I’m so glad I found your blog, and all of the wonderful material you’ve collected.

    My question is this: have you come across any pictures of Fred Stewart, especially as a young man? It would be very interesting to see what Mary’s husband looked like, particularly around the time they married.

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    1. Ah, thank you for your kind comments, Erin! I haven’t seen photos of Fred as a young man (in my head, he looks as Donald is described in The Ivy Tree). There is a photo of Fred and Mary in her obituary in The Times (see sidebar of this blog) and his hair is just as I pictured it! The only other photo of them that I have seen – somewhere – is a 1970s one in which she is wearing a white stetson, I’ll let you know if I find a link to this. Possibly online obituary articles for him might include photos from his youth? – his obit in the Scotsman has a photo of him with white hair. I would really like to see a 1940s photo of him too – he must have been quite something because when they met for the first time, at a VE Day fancy dress dance, Mary Stewart writes: ‘Ten minutes later I met for the first time a young Geology lecturer called Stewart, and thirty seconds after that decided to marry him.’ That was in May 1945 and they were married in September 1945!


  2. Oh happy day. The Mary Stewart romances appeared on American Amazon Kindle. They weren’t there last year when I checked and now they are there and also in my Fire, mine as long as there is electricity. I’m thinking there because of the Centenary. The beginning and the best of the Gothic romances of my youth and the romance suspense published now.

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    1. Hi Dorothy, yes you seem to have had a long long wait in the US before Mary Stewart books were made available as ebooks – time to make up for lost time now? I’m glad to hear how much you like her books.


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