From the Publisher
In 1957, Farley Mowat shipped out aboard one of Newfoundland's
famous coastal steamers, tramping from outport to outport along the
southwest coast. The indomitable spirit of the people and the bleak
beauty of the landscape would lure him back again and again over
the years. In the process of falling in love with a people and a
place, Mowat also met the woman who would be the great love of his
A stunningly beautiful and talented young artist, Claire Wheeler
insouciantly climbed aboard Farley's beloved but jinxed schooner as
it lay on the St. Pierre docks, once again in a cradle for repairs,
and changed both their lives forever. This is the story of that
love affair, of summers spent sailing the Newfoundland coast, and
of their decision to start their life together in Burgeo, one of
the province's last remaining outports. It is also an unforgettable
portrait of the last of the outport people and a way of life that
had survived for centuries but was now passing forever.
Affectionate, unsentimental, this is a burnished gem from an
I was inside my vessel painting the cabin when I heard the
sounds of a scuffle nearby. I poked my head out the companionway in
time to see a lithesome young woman swarming up the ladder which
leaned against Happy Adventure's flank. Whining expectantly, the
shipyard dog was endeavouring to follow this attractive stranger. I
could see why. As slim and graceful as a ballet dancer (which, I
would later learn, was one of her avocations), she appeared to be
wearing a gleaming golden helmet (her own smoothly bobbed head of
hair) and was as radiantly lovely as any Saxon goddess. I invited
her aboard, while pushing the dog down the ladder.
"That's only Blanche," I reassured my visitor. "He won't bite. He's
just, uh . . . being friendly."
"That's nice to know," she said sweetly. Then she smiled . . . and
I was lost.
-From Bay of Spirits
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Jacket
"Farley Mowat has led a charmed and lucky life. Blessed with an
endlessly curious and energetic cast of mind and an outrageously
colourful personality, he has also been gifted with a perfect life
companion and a love that has endured for many decades."
- Quill & Quire
"Bay of Spirits clips along like a pirate ship on
high seas. . . . It is an engaging read by a wonderful raconteur,
as relevant today as he ever was."
- Globe and Mail
"A page-turner of a storybook, crammed with geography and history,
sea creatures, tales and yarns."
- Kitchener-Waterloo Record
"Farley Mowat writes as a good helmsman steers - with easy skill,
admirable precision, and the authority of a sailor in his element."
- Nicholas Monsarrat
About the Author
Farley Mowat began writing for a living in 1949
after spending two years in the Arctic. He is the best-selling
author of thirty-nine books, including Never Cry Wolf,
Owls in the Family, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, and
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float. With sales of more than
fourteen million copies in twenty-five countries, he is one of
Canada's most successful writers.
From the Hardcover edition.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 18, 2007
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771065051
ISBN - 13: 9780771065057