Author Shares Tales from Saudi Arabia

Share Article

Mary Ellen Hardcastle revisits 1950 Saudi Arabia in her book

As oil-producing countries control the global market today, people can only wonder how the world got into this situation. Former employee of the Arabian American Oil Company and author Mary Ellen Hardcastle gives readers an idea in her book. Released through Xlibris, I'll Tell You a Story of Saudi Arabia revisits the period when the oil industry in the Middle East was still in its adolescence.

Sweltering heat, desert sands, camels, and nomads—a welcoming sight in Saudi Arabia during the 1950s. In 1952, the lure of foreign travel took Mary Ellen Hardcastle Lorray to Saudi Arabia as an employee of the Arabian American Oil Company. There she joined a workforce that brought amazing changes to this country as oil production became a major force in global economics. Saudi Arabia was a very primitive land, but she and thousands of other American workers, as well as people from many nations and cultures, brought it to the modern century as the world’s largest producer of oil.

While stories of her twelve years there include everyday life in the camp, travels, and career challenges, they also tell of enduring friendships, the wonderful hospitality of the Saudi Arabian people, and her respect for their culture. She brings a new perspective to “Big Oil” with her gratitude for what it contributed to her life and to the lives of the Arabs who have become healthier, happier, and prosperous — thanks to the blessing of the country’s natural resources.

This book will be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in Sacramento, CA on November 12-15, 2010. For more information, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Following her most unusual life in Saudi Arabia, Mary Ellen Hardcastle returned to the United States and married her dear friend, Richard Lorray. She continued her career in Computer Science, specializing in the development of methods and procedures necessary to produce high quality computer systems and their documentation. When colleges began to offer courses in computer studies, she taught at her local schools. In more recent years, she has turned her attention to volunteer activities.

I'll Tell You a Story of Saudi Arabia * by Mary Ellen Hardcastle
Publication Date: October 9, 2008
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 157 pages; 978-1-4363-6650-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 157 pages; 978-1-4363-6651-9

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marketing Services
Xlibris Corp.
(888) 795-4274 x. 78
Email >
Visit website