Novels set in Victoria
Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:08 PM
Joan Austen-Leigh lived for many years at 1575 Rockland Ave., the room above the garage was her writing room. The house was for sale in 2002 or so - that would have been after Austen-Leigh died and her estate was settled by her children/ heirs.
She also wrote some plays - I think Langham Court Theatre produced at least one.
I think she must have been quite a character - Victoria eccentric and all that.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:55 PM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 11:57 AM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:52 PM
a few years later when I moved to Victoria I was hanging out on the street one Saturday night and some drunk guy came and sat down beside me on the sidewalk. he was trying to convince me that he was some "famous canadian author" but I wasn't really buying it. he was totally trashed and I felt sorry for him. a while after that I realised who he was.
totally cliche-drunken-author-moment there!!
Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:46 PM
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:24 PM
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:08 PM
Most of [Beacon Hill] Park's trees have been lost to a pestilence, while some of the survivors have been chopped down by cynical politicians eager to cash in on a demand in Asia for “silver-streaked termite wood.”
The park's few remaining Douglas firs are home to scrap-metal watchtowers constructed by eco-warriors known as the Herons.
An alarmist preacher, referred to as the Beacon, lives in a garden shed beside the Terry Fox statue at Mile Zero. He has gathered a “throng of crimson-clad teenage followers who pace the strip beside the cliffs like zombies, droning about the apocalypse to all who will listen.”
Those very cliffs along Dallas Road have been paved with cement, a futile attempt to stop erosion caused by rising sea levels.
"[Randall's] aesthetic poll was more accurate than his political acumen"
-Tom Hawthorne, Toronto Globe and Mail
Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:37 PM
Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:48 PM
Hello, fellow Victoria history/fiction readers,
Here is a more current addition to this thread about books set in Victoria. HIGH STAKES by Chad Strong is set in Victoria in 1877 and explores some of the issues often overlooked by the mainstream. It's entirely fictional, includes a romance triangle, and has elements of a western. Had some good reviews so far, including one by noted Victoria historian Norman K. Archer. Published by Musa Publishing in 2012, it's only available as an e-book right now. Here's the blurb:
With its evocative descriptions of Victoria, BC as it was post-gold rush in 1877, High Stakes is a compelling tale with the grit of a western and the allure of a romance. The novel reveals aspects of Victoria’s history unknown to most people.
Victoria today is well-known in tourism circles for its British cultural ties, but in the 19th century it was also very much like other towns of the Old West. There were indeed saloons and gamblers, lumberjacks and prostitutes, all trying to make their way the only way they knew how.
The protagonist, Curt Prescott, returns home to Victoria after a three-month poker circuit on the mainland. A new “Moral Action Committee” has sprung up in his absence. Headed by the wife of the new preacher, the committee threatens to cast out all soiled doves and gamblers from the city. He meets the new preacher, “Bud” Andrews, Bud’s shrewish wife, Sarah, and their idealistic daughter, Mary. Bud seeks to convert Curt while Curt plans to destroy the committee. Pressures mount for Curt as he tries to help his young constable friend keep the peace with a notorious lowlife, while at the same time trying to ease his jealous girlfriend Del’s insecurities. As Curt falls in love with Mary, the battle for his lifestyle becomes a battle of life and death, and of love lost and found.
A long-time resident of the Victoria area, the author’s love for his subject is clear. This is a book both male and female readers can relate to. Worth checking out if you're into this type of story.
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