Sheila Stuart - Author of The Alison Series
Sheila Stuart (Mary Gladys Baker) was born & raised in a Manse, her father being a Church of Scotland minister at Johnstone in Renfrewshire. She was educated in Glasgow and went to Leng of Dundee to train as a journalist.
She wrote a number of serials and short stories for periodicals, and is also an authority on antiques. As well as the childrens books she is so well known for, she has written 'Antiques on a modest income' and 'A dictionary of Antiques' as well as articles in various journals. she also broadcast on Woman's Hour and Children's Hour.
Her enthusiasm for North West Scotland is evident in the very real background of Clarig where Alison and her brother Niall usually start their adventures, in her famous Alison series of books - the titles of which are as follows:
Alison's Highland Holiday (1946)
More Adventures of Alison (1947)
Alison's Christmas Adventure (1948)
Well Done Alison! (1949)
Alison's Easter Adventure (1950)
Alison's Poaching Adventure (1951)
Alison's Kidnapping Adventure (1952)
Alison's Pony adventure (1953)
Alison's Island Adventure (1954)
Alison's Spy Adventure (1955)
Alison and the Witch's Cave (1956)
Alison's Yacht Adventure (1957)
Alison's Riding Adventure (1958)
Alison's Cliff Adventure (1959)
Alison's Caravan Adventure (1960)
Sheila Stuart also wrote a juvenile non Alison Book called The riddle of Corran Lodge which is scarce quite hard to find!
In the 1960's Blackie decided to reprint the alison series, but with 'modern' dustwrappers. Also, for reasons known best to themselves, they did not reprint every title. They chose to omit some of the series as they went along. Thus the 1960's series is incomplete, making it much harder now to find some titles than others as there are many more copies in circulation of some titles than others. The 1960's copies are easily identifiable - the dust wrappers are generally orange based, although a couple of titles have a blue back ground - with a smaller illustration on the front.