Attention, Canadian History Buffs!
A Chronicle of Lower Canada is now available from iBooks
The novels are a good “read’ for the lover of historical fiction. They are also a serious reference work for anyone wishing to study this turbulent period of Canadian history. All three books have numerous illustrations and each has a Sourcebook at the back with original source material which is not otherwise easily obtainable.
” … The Chronicle brings the whole period alive and is a triumph of the historical imagination,” Eric Kierans and other reviews of The Chronicle.
Book 1: Welcome Niall O’Donell, Emigrant!
509 pages, ISBN 9696425-1-2,1992
Welcome Niall O’Donell, Emigrant! is the story of an Irish Emigrant, Niall O’Donell, who arrives in Canada in 1828, on the ship carrying John Neilson, Editor of the Quebec Gazette, home from England. Niall becomes a reporter for the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada and falls several times in love as he reports on events in the colony. He visits Montreal in time for the election riot of 1832 and is there during the terrible cholera epidemic of that same year.
Book 2: A Dangerous Direction 411 pages ISBN 9696425-2-0, 1993
A Dangerous Direction continues Niall’s personal story and that of the colony to the end of 1834. He is losing his Julie and, in an almost parallel situation, Louis- Joseph Papineau breaks with his former friend and ally John Neilson, as the Patriotes become bitterly opposed to the Governor and the policies of the British Government.
Book 3: A Damned Rebellion! 534 pages ISBN 9696425-3-9, 1995
- A Damned Rebellion! is the story of the events leading up to the rebellion of 1837 and the battles between the Patriote insurgents and the British army. The reader follows events through the eyes of those on all sides as former friends become more and more estranged. Niall, himself, becomes involved in the rebellion in unexpected ways.
“… a blend of history and fiction that is more accurate than most history and more entertaining than most fiction. …” Prof. Graeme Decarie, The Quebecer. Other reviews.