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A Winter's Tale - Cassie Brown A Winter's Tale
Cassie Brown

Price: CDN$16.95
Flanker Press
ISBN 0-9698767-4-2
It was a snowy, stormy night, that February 23, 1918, when the sturdy S.S. Florizel steamed out of St. John's harbor, bound for Halifax and New York. Captain William Martin, cautious and competent skipper, encountered thick ice and heavy winds as he headed down the trecherous Newfoundland coast. But these circumstances did not account for the ship's slow speed.

Just before dawn, over nine hours after leaving port, Caption Martin ran hisship full steam onto the rocks just north of Cape race.

But that was only the beginning of a long and gruelling drama. As the ship slowly disintegrated, and passengers and crew desparately tried to save themselves. Men, women and children were washed overboard, or killed from exposure, or fatally trapped below deck. From the shore helpless fishermen watched in horror. Twenty-seven hours after striking the reef the daring rescue took place. Of the 138 on board, seventeen passengers and twenty-seven crew members survived.

In a Winter's Tale Cassie Brown retells in chilling detail the story of the wreck, the rescue and the enquiry that followed. And she proposes, for the first time, the real reason for this senseless disaster.

Cassie Brown was a Newfoundlander, born and bred. A successful writer of stage and radio plays, she was a reporter and columnist for the Daily News in St. John's for seven years. Her own works include Death on the Ice and Standing Into Danger.

"Cassie Brown has the instincts of a true raconteur and the rare ability to allow a good story to unfold without stridently intruding her own views into it." - THE GLOBE ANDMAIL

"A Winter's Tale will do down in history as one of the great contributions to Newfoundland literature... captures the tragedy and despair of the ordeal..." - THE ST. JOHN'S EVENING TELEGRAM

"...all the elements of a triller; suspense, disaster, mystery and death...Cassie Brown unravels this yarn with the vividness of a folklorist recreating local history." - BOOKS IN CANADA

"A tale of shipwreck to rival that of the Titanic in excitement and suspense." - QUILL AND QUIRE

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