Thursday, 24 March 2011

Mary Scott


Mary Scott writes about New Zealand

I'm sure every one of us has a book or a series of books they loved and adored when they were young. Mine led me to New Zealand, to the outbacks in the first half of the last century. The characters were mainly farmers with no money who struggled to build a life in the middle of nowhere. Mary Scott knew what she was writing about, the characters were modelled on herself and her family and friends. She got through all the hardships of a life like that with the help of her loving husband and some wonderful friends she met out there. Who wouldn't want to meet the people and the country they live in?

Her books were translated into German (therefore I could read them all at the time) and seem to have been most popular in Germany, even more than in her own country. Anybody I met or talked to from New Zealand doesn't' seem to have ever heard about these lovely little books.
Susan and Larry Series:
"Breakfast at Six' (Frühstück um Sechs. Ich und Paul und Tausend Schafe) - 1953
"Dinner Doesn’t Matter"  (Mitttagessen Nebensache) - 1957
"Tea and Biscuits" (Tee und Toast) - 1961
"A Change From Mutton" (Und abends etwas Liebe) - 1964
"Turkey at Twelve" (Truthahn um Zwölf) - 1968
"Shepherd's Pie" (Geliebtes Landleben) - 1972
"Strangers for Tea" (Fremde Gäste) - 1975
"Board, but no Breakfast" (Übernachtung - Frühstück ausgeschlossen) - 1978
Freddie-Trilogy:
"Families are Fun" (Fröhliche Ferien am Meer) - 1957
"No Sad Songs" (Kopf hoch, Freddie!) - 1960
"Freddie" (Wann heiraten wir, Freddie?) - 1965
Others:
"Yours to Oblige" (Na endlich, Liebling) - 1954
"Pippa in Paradise" (Es tut sich was im Paradies) - 1955
"One of the Family" (Onkel ist der Beste) - 1958
"The White Elephant" (Zum Weißen Elefanten) - 1959
"The Long Honeymoon" (Flitterwochen) - 1963
"It's Perfectly Easy" (Es ist ja so einfach) - 1963
"What Does It Matter" (Macht nichts, Darling) - 1966
"Yes, Darling" (Ja, Liebling) - 1967
"Strictly Speaking" (Das Teehaus im Grünen) - 1969
"Haven't We Met Before?" (Hilfe, ich bin berühmt!) - 1970
"If I Don't, Who Will?" (Oh, diese Verwandtschaft!) - 1971
"First Things First" (Verlieb dich nie in einen Tierarzt) - 1973
"It Was Meant" (Zärtliche Wildnis) - 1974
"Away From It All" (Das Jahr auf dem Lande) - 1977
Autobiography:
"Days That Have Been" (Das waren schöne Zeiten) - 1966
Books I didn't get to read:
"The Unwritten Book" 1957
Crime Novels written with Joyce West:
"Fatal Lady" (Tod auf der Koppel) - 1960
"Such Nice People" (Lauter reizende Menschen) - 1962
"The Mangrove Murder" (Das Geheimnis der Mangrovenbucht) - 1964
"No Red Herrings" (Das Rätsel der Hibiskus-Brosche) - 1964

"Who Put It There?" (Der Tote im Kofferraum) - 1965 

Some information on Mary Scott, her life and her books.
The New Zealand Novel

A list of all my reviews.

6 comments:

  1. they sound interesting! would love to get my hands on one - are they still in print?

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    1. Unfortunately not, Carol. I would love to get them in English. I have, however, discovered that you can get them as an eBook and I am very tempted to get a reader just for that. ;)

      Happy Reading,
      Marianne

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  2. Why became the Germans interested in Mary Scott?

    The reason was presumably the success of another book which also told humorously about the life of a farmer's wife in the outback (of Washington, USA): Betty Macdonald "The egg and I" (1945), which had been a roaring success in Germany from 1949 onwards (the pocket edition was published by the renowned Rowohlt Verlag).

    So German publishers saw that their was a market for humorous books about women in the outback. (Germans had been used to look at the Western world as the realm of urbanity and modernity, and much of them were glad to find a different kind of Western world who supported their own esteem for a rural and homely life.)

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    1. Great explanation. I never heard about "The Egg and I" and have just googled it. Looks like it is just as much out of print as Mary Scott's books are but I will hunt a copy down. :)

      Thank you, I'm always interested in books that are new to me.

      Marianne

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  3. I also loved those books specially Larry and Susan and read them again recently and still laughed out loud especially, breakfast at 6. I have a kindle and ipad. How do you go about getting them as an e book. Often down load from the library.

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    1. I'm glad there is someone else who loved her and still loves her. She was brilliant.

      Anyway, I only saw them on some of the sites when I looked for a reference picture. But I don't have an eReader myself, prefer the real books, so I never really saved the link. I have just had a quick look but couldn't find the pages, will check again and get back to you once I come across them.

      Happy Reading,
      Marianne

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