The enchanting classic by master storyteller Mary Stewart, now a striking animated film called Mary and the Witch's Flower
First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes.
Don't miss the beautifully animated film adaptation called Mary and the Witch's Flower (by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), in cinemas now.
'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'
Mary's been exiled to her great-aunt, deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to an ordinary looking broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.
But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...
Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novels
This Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain.
The animated film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2018 by Studio Ponoc. The producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, also produced The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
Mary Stewart has obviously enjoyed adapting (not lowering) her thriller technique to junior fantasy and reveals and engaging wit in the process. - Sunday Times
A well-plotted and exciting fantasy thriller. - Financial Times
... A first-class witch thriller...unbeatable. - Observer
What enchantment . . . The author has used all her considerable gifts as a storyteller to spin this charming magical tale. - Junior Bookshelf
Exciting and continually funny. - BBC
Enriched by superb descriptions and enlivened with a genuine touch of terror. - Teacher
Mary Stewart was one of the 20th century's bestselling and best-loved novelists. She was born in Sunderland, County Durham in 1916, but lived for most of her life in Scotland, a source of much inspiration for her writing. Her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for The Crystal Cave, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for one of her children's books, Ludo and the Star Horse. She was married to the Scottish geologist Frederick Stewart, and died in 2014.