Gold Diggers by Charlotte GrayGold Diggers by Charlotte Gray

Gold Diggers

byCharlotte Gray

Paperback | October 4, 2011

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No event in our history is more legendary than the Yukon Gold Rush of 1896. On August 16, when rich gold deposits were discovered in Bonanza Creek, 100,000 prospectors set off for the newly created Dawson City in search of instant wealth. Hungry miners hoped for the one big strike; others, for prosperity in this instant boom town; some, for the adventure of a lifetime. Charlotte Gray, one of our best writers of non-fiction, tells the story of the Gold Rush through the intimate lives of six extraordinary people: the saintly priest Father Judge; the feisty entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney; the struggling writer Jack London; the imperious British journalist Flora Shaw; the legendary Sam Steele of the Mounties; and the prospector William Haskell. Brilliantly interweaving their stories, Gray creates a fascinating panorama of a frontier town where desperados, saloon keepers, gamblers, dance hall girls, churchmen and law-makers were thrown together in a volatile time.

Beautifully illustrated with period photographs and documents of the Gold Rush, Gold Diggers is a colourful and entertaining journey into a world gone mad for gold.

CHARLOTTE GRAY, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers, has won many awards for her writing, including the 2002 UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. She has received the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writin...
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Title:Gold DiggersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.08 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006385230

ISBN - 13:9780006385233

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Some people love this book, I thought it was pretty good.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Some people love this book, I thought it was pretty good.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great history comes alive in this one
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not THAT Kind Of Gold Digger. Like many, I read this book after watching History's Klondike series. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book surpassed the series! A beautiful combination of historical fact and the story of several diverse characters. An excellent read!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gold Diggers Vivid story telling of a brief time period in a place separated from the world by a season of travel.
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gold Diggers - Striking It Rich..... Excellent read after watching the televised mini series 'The Klondike'. Having grown up in Edmonton, where we celebrate 'Klondike Days' every Summer and a city known as 'The Gateway to the North', I enjoyed this book immensely.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Via a review in my local newspaper, the non-fiction book, Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike caught my attention. I had never read a book about the Klondike Gold Rush, and through this book I learned so much. Despite being a non-fiction book- index, bibliography, sources and all –this book reads like an enthralling novel. Author Charlotte Gray draws on personal letters, diaries, books and poems written by both the well known and the lesser known people that populated the Klondike at that time in history. So many intriguing characters populate the book, to say nothing of the varied and fascinating events that unfold in the Klondike. Among the first to make the difficult journey to the Klondike is Bill Haskell, a rough and tumble character seeking fortune and adventure. Father William Judge, a Jesuit priest goes about his business of attempting to save souls, as well as building a hospital for this rough and ready town and helping others in a practical manner as he is able. Initially he is as close to the areas doctor as they have available. Father Judge is anything but judgmental, and is immune to gold fever or riches. He is well loved and celebrated by his fellow Klondikers. Belinda Mulrooney is an astute, prim young businesswoman far ahead of her time, building a small empire of hotels and businesses in the Yukon town. Author Charlotte Gray tells the story of the celebrated Klondike author Jack London with the ability that only the passage of time, access to his diaries and research can bring. Likewise I got to know the stern Mountie, Sam Steele in an intimate look into letters written to his wife, as well as through his diaries and the actions of the Canadian Government at the time. The stories of each of the main characters are both separate and interwoven along together with many other lesser characters that make up the Klondike. Charlotte Gray has thoroughly researched the characters and events both before and after the Gold Rush to create a wonderful, detailed overview. She touches on so many historical details and physical details of the area that I feel like I have experienced the Klondike Gold Rush personally. This non –fiction book reads like an exciting novel, and I truly hope others will be encouraged to read this lively, colourful and informative piece of Canadian history.
Date published: 2011-01-18