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A hardcover book with rubbed dust jacket. 207 pages, published by Blackwood & Janet Paul 1966. Very good condition. Ink inscription on front endpaper.

Blackwood & Janet Paul, Auckland, 1966. Hard Cover. 8vo, First Edition. Book Condition: Good Plus. Lightt foxing. Very clean interior.

Mary Edith Clarke was born in Waimate North in the Bay of Islands on 23 September 1888, the daughter of Marsden Clarke, a grazier, and his wife, Frances Emily Stuart. Mary's great-grandfather, George Clarke, had arrived in the Bay of Islands as one of Samuel Marsden's lay missionaries in 1824.
In the late 1920s Mary Scott decided to start writing, sending articles and stories to magazines and newspapers. I
Scott's first bestseller was Breakfast at six (1953), which was reprinted six times in the three years after its publication. Mary Scott wrote 33 novels, including five thrillers written with Joyce West; two novels as Marten Stuart; and a monograph under the pen-name J. Fiat. Scott's autobiography, Days that have been (1966), and her serious novel, The unwritten book (1957), tell a grimmer story of life in the bush than her popular novels, but all her work stresses the value of bush community and explores the tensions between town and country. she represents something rare in New Zealand literature: a highly successful, prolific, comic and realistic woman writer. She died at Tokoroa on 16 July 1979.
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