Monday 7 November 2016

Scott, Mary "Haven't We Met Before?"

Scott, Mary "Haven't We Met Before?" - 1970

Mary Scott's books are always funny and I love them all. This one is just as hilarious as many of the others. The young painter Tessa paints an abstract picture - as a joke. But she wins a prize and now has to hide from everyone because they all want to celebrate her.

As always, Mary Scott writes about what she knows best, the New Zealand countryside. And her characters are as lovely as always.

Unfortunately, Mary Scott's books are out of print and only available second hand. I have heard in the meantime, that you can buy some of them as eBooks.

From the back cover (translated):
"A Reluctant Star
What happens if a freelance painter suddenly gets the crazy idea to create a completely abstract, completely unintelligible painting and on top of that submits this concoction to a great art exhibit?
It happens what Tessa Nelson - that's the name of the jester - hadn't even expected in her wildest dreams: her 'work' is enthusiastically celebrated and - awarded a prize.
Tessa is a reluctant star. To escape the prying reporters, photographers and fans, she flees to the countryside to her brother. But there it seems she's come from bad to worse..."


  1. For some reason I love books about painters. I guess I am just drawn to creatives of all types but painters show up quite often in novels. I also have always wanted to visit New Zealand and enjoy books set there.

    1. Same here, New Zealand was always my dream country but it looks like I will go to Australia next year instead as my son is passing a year of "work and travel" there. LOL.

      Anyway, yes, I love books about artists, as well. I have just started another one about a painter that I'm sure you will like, as well. Its' The Swn Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. I loved The Historian by the same author and have no idea why this one has been on my TBR list for so long.

      Anyway, always lovely to talk to you.
      Have a great day,