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RUNNING WEST.

Houston, James.

ISBN 10: 0771042620 / ISBN 13: 9780771042621
Published by Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1989.) dj, 1989
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. The fifth novel by this writer, artist and naturalist, who spent many years living among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Based on real people and actual events, and told in a rollicking style, appropriate to the era in which it is set, this is a story of growing love between a young Indian woman of the Dene Nation and a Scottish bank clerk who had been banished from his country as they traverse the Northwest in the early 1700's, enduring deprivation, violence and near starvation. This is not only the true first edition, it is a much more attractive edition that the US edition. Illustrated with a map and in text drawings by the author. Houston also did the illustrated endpapers and striking dust jacket design. Includes an epilogue with the historical information. 320 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 42393

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Title: RUNNING WEST.

Publisher: Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1989.) dj

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Running West, James Houston’s fifth novel, is an epic tale of harrowing adventure in the North of the early 1700s, which has at its heart one of the most unusual and compelling love stories ever told.

Based on historical fact and real people, the story has its beginnings in the Highlands of Scotland and the treacherous world of Queen Anne’s London, then moves across the Atlantic to the desolate west coast of Hudson Bay. There, William Stewart, a Scottish clerk banished from his homeland, meets the extraordinary Thanadelthur – a young Indian woman of the Dene Nation, who had been taken into the Hudson’s Bay Company’s York Factory after her family was massacred.

When the Company’s Governor, James Knight, interested in expanding the fur trade, sees the elegant “yellow” knife that had belonged to Thana’s mother, he sends the resourceful William and the indomitable Thana to find their way back to her homeland to bring back fur and valuable metals.

Thus begins a heroic trek into uncharted wilderness, on which the courage and growing love between William and Thana is tested as they, accompanied by a dwindling band of Cree, endure deprivation, violence, and near starvation.

Told in a rollicking historic style resonant of the period, Running West is peopled by memorable characters, and is enriched by James Houston’s wide knowledge of the North – its landscape, its native peoples and lore. This is gripping adventure in which James Houston’s narrative skills and meticulous research blend potently. Running West is a book to treasure.

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“James Houston lives up to his reputation as novelist laureate of the Canadian North with this evocative tale about Thanadelthur, the slave woman whose sensual presence and remarkable adventures remain an enduring legend of the early fur trade.”
–Peter C. Newman

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