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When Bells Toll in the North
by Freeman Cull

When Bells Toll in the North by Freeman Cull

Format: Paperback, 211 pages
ISBN-10: 1-897317-25-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-897317-25-9
Price: CDN$17.95

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Book Description
In 1932, outport Newfoundland was rife with poverty. The many small communities that dotted the Great Northern Peninsula were particularly vulnerable to hunger and disease. When two brothers from Englee were suddenly stricken with typhoid fever, a call was put out to the Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony. Carl Hammerstrom, a young American doctor, answered the call and travelled to Englee to take the two men back to St. Anthony for treatment. The young doctor would face his greatest challenge yet when the ship he and his two patients were travelling on became storm-bound on the Grey Islands en route to St. Anthony. Time grew short for the two patients, and the doctor feared they would die before rescuers could come.

About the Author
Freeman Baxter Cull was born in 1949 in Englee, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, where he completed his high school education. He taught school for a year and a half, after which he studied navigation for six months at the College of Fisheries in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1969 he secured employment with the Canada Post Corporation. He has served as postmaster in Englee for a quarter of a century.

His early summers were spent as a fisherman with his late father, and his days out of school in the winters, as a logger, giving him firsthand experience with both walks of life. His hobbies are carpentry (he built a “dream house”), organic gardening, voice, and music (he writes songs, poems, etc.).

He says that if he had been asked at an early age what he planned to do in life, writing would not have been in his top 50 choices. However, oral storytelling was always a family tradition. But he states, “I’m the first scribe in my family to dip my quill in ink and roll out the parchment.” Writer-friendly, Earl B. Pilgrim’s keen perception of Freeman’s writing ability was what sparked this latest facet of his life. Freeman claims that Earl was—and still is—his greatest mentor.

Also see Case of the Missing Beauties by Freeman Cole


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