I thought it would be better if I were a plumber, but I wouldn't be very good. His quest ended when he met a group of academics at the University of New Brunswick. Richards would hitch-hike from his home in Newcastle to Fredericton every Tuesday night to meet with them and read from his work. The literary evenings were held on campus at McCourt Hall, in an outbuilding formally used to store ice.
The group quickly became known as the Ice House Gang. It was during his time with these writers that Richards wrote two-thirds of his second novel, The Coming of Winter , which was published by Oberon Press in In , Richards married Peggy McIntyre. They spent the first years of their marriage travelling throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. It was on these long sojourns away from the Mirimachi that Richards found he could write about the home he loved, regardless of where he lived.
As he continued to write, Richards took postings as writer-in-residence at universities in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In , they moved to Toronto with their sons John Thomas and Anton. The Miramichi region has continued as the heart of Richards' fiction throughout his career. As he explained in an interview with January Magazine , his connection to the area and to the rural lives of its inhabitants is central to his fiction, yet does not reflect a limited scope: "It's very important, because the characters come from the soil.
They're like the trees, in a certain respect.
They cling to that river and that soil, but as Jack Hodgins once said about my writing—which was one of the kindest things any writer has said about my writing—he said: 'David, you aren't writing about the Miramichi Valley, you're writing about Campbell River where I come from. Because every character you talk about is a character I've met here in Campbell River.
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Of course my people are Miramichi. Of course they come from the fabric and the soil of the Miramichi but if that was the only thing that was interesting about them, I wouldn't bother writing about them. As Richards documented in the memoir Lines on the Water , he loves fly-fishing on the Miramichi River.
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Yet once he was no longer a resident, he was unable to get a fishing licence for the region. Thankfully, said Richards, the local government proclaimed him an "honorary Miramichier"—"So I can go fishing. It was very nice of them and very touching. Richards has received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career.
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Most notably, he is one of few writers in the history of the Governor General's Literary Awards to win in both the fiction Nights Below Station Street and non-fiction Lines on the Water categories. Considered by many to be Richards' most accomplished novel, Mercy was co-winner of the Giller Award in , and was shortlisted for the Trillium Award and the Thomas Raddell Award.
Press baron, entrepreneur, art collector, and wartime minister in Churchill's cabinet,Max Aitken was a colonial Canadian extraordinaire. Rising from a hardscrabble childhood in New Brunswick, he became a millionaire at age 25, earned the title of Lord Beaverbrook at 38, and by age 40 was the most influential newspaperman in the world.
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Fiercely loyal to the British Empire, he was nonetheless patronized by London's upper class, whose country he worked tirelessly to protect during World War II. David Adams Richards, one of Canada's preeminent novelists, celebrates Beaverbrook's heroic achievements in this perceptive interpretive biography. I am so happy that I came across this series of books being put out by Penguin Canada.
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But the Beaver did not like working in harness with the civil service or the cabinet. The PM ignored his resignations until April , when he allowed Beaverbrook to leave the aircraft job, while insisting he stay in the cabinet as Minister of State without a department.
Free from cabinet responsibilities, Beaverbrook campaigned for greater support for the Soviet Union and for the early launch of a Second Front. There were some who suspected he was again scheming to oust a sitting prime minister, perhaps to seize the office for himself. There is, however, scant evidence of this.
What was the true explanation of their affinity? They overlooked our long association in the events of the First World War and its aftermath. Often we had been on different sides in the crises and quarrels of those former days; sometimes we had even been fiercely opposed; yet on the whole a relationship had been maintained which was a part of the continuity of my public life, and this was cemented by warm personal friendship.
Churchill had always had a liking for swashbucklers and mavericks, self-made one-man shows.
Beaverbrook was all of these. The Churchill-Beaverbrook relationship persisted after the war, although for long periods they saw each other only infrequently. After a political quarrel in , they again became close, and largely remained so for the rest of their lives. There, in August , Churchill experienced his first stroke; his friend cooperated in keeping it secret. Taylor, even to himself. He maintains a blog on Winston Churchill at: winstonchurchillblog.
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