Imprint:Breakwater Books - St. John's
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.74 in | 0.5 kg
Page Count:316 pages
***THE MIRAMICHI READER'S VERY BEST BOOK AWARDS, NON-FICTION: LONGLIST***
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 Here, biographer Antony Berger expertly chronicles the life of Ella Manuel and incorporates unpublished radio scripts and brilliant extracts from her private journals to bring Manuel to the page in her own words.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.
“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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