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Loan Stars Spring 2020

No Place for a Woman
The Life and Newfoundland Stories of Ella Manuel
By (author): Antony Berger
Antony Berger


Breakwater Books - St. John's



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Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 29, 2020
Print Run: 1000
$21.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.74 in | 0.5 kg

Page Count:

316 pages
Breakwater Books Ltd
Breakwater Books
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Biography: general|Media, entertainment, information and communication industries|News media and journalism
The Miramichi Reader's 'The Very Best!' Book Award, Non-Fiction Category 2021, Long-listed Atlantic Books Today Staff Pick 2021, Long-listed


As a young woman, the late Ella Manuel left the busy shipping community of Lewisporte, Newfoundland, for the wider world in the 1920s, but eventually returned to the island, as a single mother, to settle in Bonne Bay. An accomplished writer, broadcaster, journalist, advocate for peace, and staunch feminist, Manuel would leave an indelible mark on the culture she documented and celebrated in her work. Here, biographer Antony Berger expertly chronicles the life of Ella Manuel and incorporates unpublished radio scripts and brilliant extracts from her private journals to bring Manuel to the page in her own words. Brimming with insight and wit, No Place for a Woman? opens an illuminating window on life in twentieth-century Newfoundland, and preserves the work of a truly original Newfoundlander.

Antony Berger is a graduate of Dalhousie, the University of Melbourne, and Liverpool University and has lectured on every continent except Antarctica. The author and editor of numerous scientific books and articles and more recently The Good and Beautiful Bay (Flanker 2014), a history of Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, he divides his time between Woody Point, NL, and Wolfville, NS, where his is a keen choral singer.

“Ella Manuel’s stories are lively, direct, and fresh. Her own life-story is remarkable. Her audacity and emotional complexity make her a character worthy of a novel.” - Elizabeth Hay

“Newfoundland’s international reputation as a treasure house of remarkable storytellers is enhanced by this rich account of the life and career of the unforgettable Ella Manuel, twentieth century writer and radio personality. Her story is told with wit and affection by her son, Tony Berger.” - Annie Proulx

No Place for a Woman is an entertaining and illuminating book that ensures that the words of Ella Manuel, an independent and talented woman who fiercely loved her corner of the world, will get continued exposure—a worthy endeavour in itself.” - Lisa Timpf, The Miramichi Reader

"...[A]fter his mother's death [Tony Berger] gathered her papers, and... compiled this charming book, most of it Manuel's own writing, with him contributing introductory paragraphs to most of her essays and stories, as well as a 52-page recounting of her life--the facts and his memories... While the facts are interesting, the book comes alive with Ella Manuel's writing. Her distinctive voice rings through whether she is angrily defending the seal hunt or describing the heaven on Earth that is the view from the window of the home she built (or paid others to build) in Woody Point... Manuel's radio experience translates impeccably. Her ear accurately records the words as she heard them and her hand reproduces them perfectly on the page." - Jean Graham, The Northeast Avalon Times

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