Giants of Nova Scotia: The Lives of Anna Swan and Angus McAskill by Shirley Irene VaconGiants of Nova Scotia: The Lives of Anna Swan and Angus McAskill by Shirley Irene Vacon

Giants of Nova Scotia: The Lives of Anna Swan and Angus McAskill

byShirley Irene Vacon

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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This double biography depicts the lives of the famed Nova Scotia giantess Anna Swan (1846-88) and the celebrated Cape Breton giant Angus McAskill (1825-63). These two splendid and singular celebrities toured the world entertaining royalty and impressing audiences from town halls to palaces. Angus and Anna's Scottish influences were deeply embedded from childhood and although it was unlikely the two ever met, the similarities in their lives were uncanny. During their adventures, both giants worked with and met many unusual characters. Both met Queen Victoria. Anna married an American giant and the two toured as "The Tallest Married Couple in the World." The book explores the causes of gigantism and how this rare condition shaped the lives and personalities of these two Nova Scotians. Anna and Angus were born to normal-sized, hard-working parents and grew up in rural surroundings but rose to great stardom on the world stage. Both were regarded for their kind hearts and compassion for others. They have left a meaningful message for readers that resonates more than a century after their deaths. Both are honoured at museums in Nova Scotia that house their artifacts. Thousands of people flock to these sites to learn about these great giants.
Shirley Vacon was born in Truro, Nova Scotia. Her career was with the Department of Youth Corrections in the capacity of a youth care worker with young offenders. While working in St. John's, Newfoundland, Shirley attended Memorial University. She is the mother of three children and proud grandmother of seven. She got her start as a fr...
Title:Giants of Nova Scotia: The Lives of Anna Swan and Angus McAskillFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:125 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:POTTERSFIELD PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897426011

ISBN - 13:9781897426012


Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!! This book about the famed giants of Nova Scotia is wonderful. I know how much dedicated work and time Shirley put into this project. I also know firsthand how sensitively and caringly Shirley dealt with the life of Anna Swan, my great-great aunt..Anna was a lady and Shirley treated her as such.Thank you, Shirley. Anna is a popular topic for students doing heritage projects. This book is an excellent resource. Best wishes for future endeavours. Dale Swan, Curator of The Anna Swan Museum @The Creamery, Tatamagouche, N.S.
Date published: 2009-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Job!!! LOVED THE BOOK!!!!!
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way To Go I'm very proud of you mom, you did not give up, and it paid off in flying colours. You are an insperation to me, and I know that you will succeed at anything you put your mind to. Your the best. This book will help children all over the world learn a little of our Nova Scotia heritage.
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Older Sister I would like to say nice going and i'm proud of my sister she done a really good job in writing this book
Date published: 2008-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful accurate account of Anna & Angus' lives. Such details and interesting facts. A must have!!!!
Date published: 2008-07-27