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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711233
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Stewart, one of our most popular novelists, was born in Sunderland, County Durham and lives in the West Highlands. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her book for younger readers, THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK, LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE, and A WALK IN WOLF WOOD, quickly met with the success of her other novels. 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 LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE.

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The contemporary thriller at its very best . . . for sheer entertainment MY BROTHER MICHAEL is going to take a lot of beating. (Guardian)

Mary Stewart is magic (New York Times)

She set the bench mark for pace, suspense and romance - with a great dollop of escapism as the icing (Elizabeth Buchan)

A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors. (Harriet Evans)

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Suspense and fear surround the mysterious temple of Delphi

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 16 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Perhaps Camilla Haven unintentionally invoked the gods that afternoon in the crowded Athens café off Onomia Square in Athens when she wrote to a friend, "Nothing ever happens to me." But a few hours later, an extraordinary train of events dispatches Camilla to Delphi. Will the Oracle there be awakened and help her? In Mary Stewart's My Brother Michael, originally published in 1960, this venerable English author begins one of her thrilling stories set in Greece.

Camilla finds herself in the company of a charming but quietly determined Englishman named Simon Lester. Simon told Camilla he had come to the ancient Greek ruins to "appease the shade" of his brother Michael, killed some 14 years earlier on Parnassus during partisan fighting in the Second World War. From a curious letter Michael had written, Simon believed his brother had stumbled upon something of great importance hidden in the craggy reaches of the mountainside.

Camilla's desire to see the oracle city of Delphi, however, is suddenly altered as she is drawn into this very personal pilgrimage in a rough and foreign land. And it is here in this wild and craggy (and full of ancient history and folklore), with Mount Parnassus seeing it all, that Camilla, now fully involved in a very complex--and dare we say, suspenseful--story. The plot thickens rapidly and with Stewart's deft abilities, it comes to a rousing climax.

This is vintage Stewart as she combines intrigue, history, and social significance in one excellent read. Long a successful "thriller" writer,this work here is representative Stewart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LizWilliams on 27 May 2011
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I have been a fan of Mary Stewart since discovering her when I was 16 (many years ago.) Of her romantic thrillers, this has always been my favourite. Her physical descriptions of Delphi and the surrounding areas take you there, her grasp of the horrors of WW2 and the ensuing Greek Civil War gave me my first interest in that terrible period.

A great book which entertains (and educates without you even realising it!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara McKenzie on 22 July 2014
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**Contains a spoiler** (not very significant)

Like many others, I discovered Mary Stewart as a teenager, when the combination of romance, adventure and reasonably good quality writing had a lot of appeal. A number of her novels have a strong sense of place and this is particularly true of My Brother Michael, with its wonderful setting of Arachova and Delphi up on Parnassus. Even more poignant if you have visited the area.

As an adult one might look for more in literature, in terms of complexity of character, theme and plot, but I have never forgotten the pleasure Stewart's books gave me when I was young.

Simon has come back to Greece to find out what happened to his brother Michael, who was a British Liaison Officer during World War II, and had been sheltered by a Greek family in Arachova, near Delphi. When he was betrayed, the Germans killed the son of the Greek family as a reprisal, but Michael himself was murdered by Angelo, a member of ELAS, Greece's principal resistance movement. Angelo apparently modelled himself on the 'sadist' Ares, initiator and leader of ELAS.

The problem with this particular novel is that the historical setting plays a major part but it is completely lacking in historical veracity. While there were British soldiers being hidden in Greek homes when left behind after the Battles of Greece and Crete, the British Liaison Officers (who arrived later) were safely located with the resistance forces, well away from occupied towns like Arachova. Much more serious, however, is the picture given of the main guerrilla organisation ELAS, and its leader Ares. In towns and villages throughout central Greece, such as Arachova, 80-100% of inhabitants supported ELAS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK on 16 Sept. 2013
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This was my first Mary Stewart, and I must say I did enjoy it. We're in a sort of female Eric Ambler world, here, without the politics: Europe in the 1950s, with the War looming large in the collective memory; this plot, though, is wholly personal.

Told from the point of view of the accidental heroine, the story gets off to a rather tediously drawn-out start (perhaps it's just old fashioned, this idea that driving a car is such a big deal!), but soon gathers a pretty good momentum, picking up some nicely unpleasant characters on the way. I loved the whole mental landscape: pure young James Mason as directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Greece in general, and Delphi in particular, are rendered beautifully, and credibly. Apollo, too, makes a welcome appearance.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2004
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From the start to the end of this book , the sun beats down on you as you move with the heroine through the Greek countryside,tension building up in you as well as her. That's Mary Stewart's writing for you.Feisty heroines, excitement murder and usually brave but ordinary heroes, all in vividly drawn locations.Everything comes to life. Read this and then search out her other books. You won't be disappointed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2009
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As Camilla Haven sits in a cafe in Athens and writes those very words in a letter to her sister, she has no idea the twists and turns her life is soon going to take. A strange man comes and gives her the keys to a rental car, telling her she must take it to Monsieur Simon in Delphi right away - a matter of life and death. Since she had wanted to go to Delphi and no one comes to claim the car Camilla decides on a lark to take the car and go and she soon finds herself mixed up in a mystery involving Simon Lester. Simon has come to visit the scene where his brother was murdered during WWII, and to discover the secret behind his death that has laid buried under the rubble of an earthquake.

And that is all I'm going to tell you. In true Stewart fashion, Camilla and Simon's story take many twists and turns along with the prerequisite nail biting life and death conclusion. While plot wise I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Moon Spinners (things got a bit slow in the middle), I very much enjoyed Stewarts magical descriptions of the Greek countryside, and most especially the ruins at Delphi. Wow, just wow, I was all over the net looking for pictures and seriously considered booking a trip to see for myself. Nobody but nobody in this genre does it better, it's like being there.
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