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The Spell of Stewart Island
By Gertrude Dempsey

After first visiting Stewart Island the author later returned as wife of Eric Dawson, a member of one of its old-established families and describes her experiences on life there.

“If you love forest and birds and the goodness of humanity unspoiled by crowded pavements, this book is for your contentment” – blurb from the fly.

Gertrude Dempsey doubtfully wrote "It's hardly big enough for an omnibus edition, perhaps a minibus would be nearer the mark."

She was referring to the fact that two-thirds of this book are revisions of her earlier Stewart Island books - ISLES OF THE GLOWING SKIES (1951) and THE LITTLE WORLD OF STEWART ISLAND (1964). The third section, ISLAND CALENDAR, is entirely new material.

In this sceptr'd isle each of the four seasons contributes its own special gifts: sun and wind, sea and sky, are generous to New Zealand's Third Island. Plant and bird life move to their rhythms, and the author's ISLAND CALENDAR, based on many happy years of residence, faithfully reflects her deep love of Nature and of human friendship.

If you, too, love forest and bird, and the goodness of humanity unspoiled by crowded pavements, this book is for your contentment. Then, go visit Gertrude Dempsey's "Little World".

- from the inside cover.

Published by A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd, 1967. Please click here to ask a question
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