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Mollie Hunter (1922–2012)

Autor/a de A Stranger Came Ashore

35+ obres 1,568 Membres 22 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Mollie Hunter was born in Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland on June 30, 1922. At the age of 14, she got a job at a flower shop in Edinburgh and educated herself by studying in the National Library. Most of her children's books were based on Scottish history and legends. Her works include A Sound mostra'n més of Chariots, The Kelpie's Pearls, The Thirteenth Member, and The Lothian Run. She won the Carnegie Medal in 1975 for The Stronghold. She died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 90. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Mollie Hunter

A Stranger Came Ashore (1975) 280 exemplars
The Mermaid Summer (1990) 201 exemplars
The King's Swift Rider (1998) 125 exemplars
The Kelpie's Pearls (1964) 109 exemplars
The Walking Stones (1970) 104 exemplars
The Haunted Mountain (1972) 96 exemplars
A Sound of Chariots (1973) 78 exemplars
The Stronghold (1974) 71 exemplars
Patrick Kentigern Keenan (1963) 45 exemplars
The Spanish Letters (1964) 39 exemplars
The Lothian Run (1971) 38 exemplars
The Thirteenth Member (1971) 34 exemplars
The Wicked One (1977) 34 exemplars
A pistol in Greenyards (1965) 28 exemplars
The Third Eye (1979) 26 exemplars
Gilly Martin the Fox (1994) 24 exemplars
The Knight of the Golden Plain (1983) 24 exemplars
Thomas and the Warlock (1986) 23 exemplars
The Ferlie (1968) 19 exemplars
Escape from Loch Leven (1981) 19 exemplars
I'll Go My Own Way (1985) 18 exemplars
The Ghosts of Glencoe (1966) 17 exemplars
You Never Knew Her As I Did! (1981) 14 exemplars
Day of the Unicorn (1994) 14 exemplars
The Dragonfly Years (1983) 12 exemplars
The Three-Day Enchantment (1985) 11 exemplars
Hold on to Love (1983) 9 exemplars
Hi Johnny (1986) 3 exemplars
The Brownie (1986) 2 exemplars
The Enchanted Boy (1986) 1 exemplars
Cat, Herself 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, June 1978 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 11, July 1978 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
McIlwraith, Maureen Mollie Hunter McVeigh
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
Lloc de defunció
Inverness, Scotland, UK
Llocs de residència
Inverness, Scotland, UK
Preston Lodge School, East Lothian, Scotland
teacher(creative writing)
children's book author
fantasy writer
Society of Authors (past chairman, Society of Authors in Scotland)
Premis i honors
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecturer (1975)
Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year citations, for The Ferlie, 1968, The Walking Stones, 1970, The Thirteenth Member, 1971, A Sound of Chariots and The Haunted Mountain, both 1972, The Stronghold, 1974, A Stranger Came Ashore, 1975, Talent Is Not Enough, 1976, A Furl of Fairy Wind, 1977, and Cat, Herself, 1987; Book World's Children's Spring Book Festival honor book citation, 1970, for The Lothian Run; New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year citations, for The Haunted Mountain and A Sound of Chariots, both 1972, and A Stranger Came Ashore, 1975; Children's Book Award from the Child Study Association of America, 1973, for A Sound of Chariots; Scottish Arts Council Award, 1973, for The Haunted Mountain; Silver Pencil Award (Holland ∙ Holland)
Biografia breu
Mollie Hunter was born and raised near Edinburgh, Scotland, and married Thomas McIwraith in 1940. She made her debut as a writer with the novel Patrick Kentigern Keenan, published in 1963 in the UK and released in the USA as The Smartest Man in Ireland. She went on lecture tours of the USA in 1975 and New Zealand in 1976. She served as a writer-in-residence at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and also taught creative writing at the Aberlour Summer School. In addition to her more than 25 novels and plays for children and adults, she also produced nonfiction works about writing, and wrote numerous articles and essays for newspapers and magazines. She's considered one of the most popular and influential 20th-century Scottish fiction writers.



This novel for children is a good introduction to the sad events in the Scottish Highlands known as the Clearances, when people who had farmed the highlands for centuries were brutally evicted from their land to make way for sheep raising. Such people were left destitute and forced to emigrate to the Americas, because their former chiefs sold off the land in order to enjoy the luxury of lowland Scottish living standards, without a care for those who had served their ancestors for centuries. Harsh laws imposed after the English defeat of the Scots at Culloden ensured that the Highlanders could not bear arms, to defend themselves or resist eviction, on penalty of death.

Set in 1854, the story is narrated from the viewpoint of a 15 year old boy, Connal Ross, who at first is excited by the preparations to watch for the arrival of officials to serve the eviction notice although he is also trepidatious after an old man, Blind John, has visions of seeing violence done to Connal's mother and his sister Katrine. Connal retrieves an old pistol from hiding in the thatched roof of his house where it has been kept since their great grandfather's escape at Culloden. At first, there is hope because the agent who has to sign the eviction notices swears in writing that he will not be a party to signing them, but officials soon arrive with notices (which the people cannot open or they will be deemed to have accepted service of the notices).

The first pair are turned back good naturedly, as the community has determined on a path of passive resistance with the women taking the lead, in the erroneous belief that violence will not be offered against unarmed women and girls. But when two drunken officials turn up and one of them, McCraig, holds a pistol to the head of Connal's mother, Connal uses his old pistol to force McCraig to back down, and from then on things turn ugly, with the story given out that the highlanders have 'rioted'. After that, they are fair game for vicious reprisals to be taken against them, and Hunter does not spare her readership from some of what that entails.

From then on, Connal becomes a fugitive, and he and Katrine have to try to free their mother who has been jailed as a scapegoat as Connal cannot be found, and to avoid the vindictive McCraig who hounds them even as they attempt to board a ship to America after her trial.

It is a fast paced story from the young man's viewpoint, told in flashback as he writes his account for a lowlander Scottish doctor who at first views the Highlanders as savages who got what they deserved, but who comes to respect them by the end.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
archivomorero | Jun 28, 2022 |
I remember this being a particular favorite re-read of mine in my mid-teens. The description of the tinkerers/travellers way of life was described in a way that really made it come to life...even the harrowing bits, but I think what I loved most of all about the book was its heroine Cat.
Litrvixen | Jun 23, 2022 |
"I Connemara bodde en gång en man som hette Patrick Kentigern Keenan. Han var en latmask och skrytmåns av stora mått.
"Jag är den smartaste mannen på Irland", brukar han säga.
Patrick hade en snäll fru och en liten son, och de hade kunnat leva lyckliga och utan bekymmer om inte Patrick en dag hade bestämt sig för att överlista småfolket som bodde i trakten.
Det hela började med att Patrick behövde ett par nya skor, och alla visste ju att pysslingarna var de bästa skomakarna på Irland. Men pysslingarna ville ha betalt i guld för sitt arbete och Patrick var både fattig och ointresserad av arbete. Då gällde det för Patrick att bevisa att han verkligen var smart, ja, till och med smartare än småfolket. Och för detta krävdes också en god portion mod."… (més)
stenbackeskolan | Feb 8, 2021 |



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