- Hardcover: 285 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (Jun. 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688026141
- ISBN-13: 978-0688026141
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.5 x 4.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Rough Magic Hardcover – 1 Jun 1964
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Suspense and romance expertly mingled (Observer)
Keeps one awake through the long night's journey into day (Guardian)
A splendid book at any time (News of the World)
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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The most beloved of Mary Stewart's romantic mystery novels, This Rough Magic is a tale of adventure, glamour and romance set against a stunning Mediterranean backdrop. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Highly literate, loads of fun - summer holiday excapism.
The early delightful scene with the dolphin sets this book apart from most other novels of a similar genre and the unforgettable character of Sir Julian Gale adds a strong theatrical dimension which supports the many Shakespearean references and lends weight to Lucy's actress persona. From his very first appearance, I could not help picturing Sir John Gielgud in the part and indeed the beautiful voice and general demeanour would be a fit (not to mention his initials?!). Lady Stewart surpasses herself with some of the most evocative and poetic descriptions I can remember, of people as well as places.Read more ›
This novel is contemporaneous with the time of writing, so the reader is being drawn back to a time when smoking was considered a sociable habit, drinking alcohol in pregnancy wasn't frowned upon, the word 'marvellous' was still in common use and the heroine was chaste. I found myself wondering what genre this and her other novels fell into. There's usually a death, as in this one, but they don't really amount to murder mysteries. There's romance, but they're certainly not romantic novels. In fact, Mrs Stewart didn't do romance well. In this particular novel, a young woman meets a handsome man and it's a case of dislike at first sight. They barely exchange a civil word - even the uncivil ones are well spaced - until they kiss, which is then a lifelong commitment followed by terms of endearment such as 'darling' and 'my love'.
Then it struck me. They're adventure stories. Like Enid Blyton for grown ups. Strange to think that, when I was first reading them, this didn't occur to me at all.
But I don't mean to belittle them in any way. Mrs Stewart was intelligent and well educated and she wrote with stylish fluency. I intend to make my way through every one of her novels again, and highly recommend them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautifully written romantic thriller set on the lovely island of Corfu. Mary Stewart is another Timeless story teller. Wonderful.Published 10 months ago by Judith Haffenden
I bought it to re read it after many years and it didn't let me down. Ohhh I love her heroes.Published 11 months ago by Poppy
I loved Mary Stewart's books when I first read them. They are still excellent now.Published 14 months ago by Marian
After a bit of a slow start when I almost gave up reading this book, I'm glad I stuck with it because this was a rip roaring read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rachel
Beautifully written gem. Very much of its period and nostalgic reading for the older generation, but for younger readers, how life was before instant communications. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yes Amazon Customer
Typical Mary Stewart magic! Set in Greece (Pre-package-holiday!), with believable characters, a intrigue, The Tempest, smuggling and a dolphin! Read morePublished 14 months ago by MRS S E GREENSLADE