Published first in 1884, Henri de la Chaume's charming account of his sojourn in Newfoundland appears here for the first time in English. A mere twenty years of age when he came to the colony, de la Chaume gives a unique and unusual perspective on the politics, geography and social life of the bustling port of St. John's. The translation is "a fresh and vibrant piece of writing in its own right," and the introduction brings new insight into the life of the young trade attache.
Hammered by the Waves: A Young Frenchman's Sojourn in Newfoundland in 1882-83
Robin McGrath is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Trouble and Desire (1995), Escaped Domestics (1998), Hoist Your Sails and Run (1999), Donovan's Station (2002), Covenant of Salt (2005), and Livyers World(2007). She has published over two hundred pieces in magazines such as Beaver, Inuit Art Quarterly, Parchment, TickleAce, Fiddlehead and Room of One's Own.
She is an occasional contributer to CBC Radio, has written and narrated three video scripts, had her first play staged in 2002, and is currently the non-fiction columnist for the St. John's newspaper The Telegram.
Robin was born in Newfoundland and lives in Labrador with her husband, provincial court judge, John Joy. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Letterset Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.