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Researching the Nipigon River by Sarah Maine

Posted on: 19/04/2017 with tags: 19th Century, Canada, Nipigon river, research, Scotland, 19th Century

I have two prints on my wall. One is a hand-coloured wood engraving by T. Weber dated 1890 Vue Prise sur la Rivière Nipigon  which shows the lower reaches of  a mighty river flowing past pine-clad cliffs and down to the north shore of Lake Superior in Canada. The other is a black and white photograph of one of the islands in these lower reaches and is dated 1893 – spot on for the year in which Charles Ballantyre, a wealthy Scottish landowner brings his party to fish on the Nipigon. The photograp…

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HAPPY UN-BIRTHDAY, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON – by Nancy Horan

Posted on: 12/11/2013 with tags: author blog, birthday, historical fiction, history, Nancy Horan, Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland, Treasure Island

Today is Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday. How I wish that I could sit down and celebrate it with him. Since embarking on a novel about him five years ago, I have come to think of him as the one man in history with whom I’d most enjoy spending a day. He was admired in his own time as a brilliant, hilarious, and provocative conversationalist. Could we manage to communicate across the 120-year gap since his death in 1894? What would he think of our world? I suspect he’d have strong opinions about…

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