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Biography & Autobiography Political


The Life and Death of Albert Goodwin

by (author) Susan Mayse

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Political, General, Labor & Industrial Relations
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1990
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
    List Price

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One of British Columbia's most colourful figures was Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, a slight young English immigrant who arrived on Vancouver Island in 1910 to join hundreds of others slaving in the hellholes of the Cumberland mines. What he saw there made him one of the most effective labour leaders the province has ever seen, and led to an untimely and controversial end.

Susan Mayse combines the skills of novelist (Merlin's Web) and historian in this gripping biography of one of BC's most controversial labour figures, a hero among Vancouver Island miners and a dangerous subversive in the eyes of the authorities.

About the author

Susan Mayse is a fourth generation Vancouver Islander who grew up on stories of the mining towns of Cumberland, Bevan, Nanaimo, and Wellington. She has written for many national and international publications including The Daily Mail, The Toronto Star, and The Malahat Review. She is also the author of a prizewinning novel, Merlin's Web and Ginger: The Life and Death of Albert Goodwin, a BC Bestseller and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for True Crime and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is the daughter of the late journalist and author Arthur Mayse.

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  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award for True Crime
  • Winner, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

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