Authored by: Ben Robicheau
Ben Robicheau calls himself a recreational writer. Author Jan Fancy Hull calls him Brier Island’s Dylan Thomas, “a great raconteur with a remarkable eye for the right detail.” Indeed, there is a certain universality to these tales, though they take place on a fairly remote island, remote at least when compared to conventional wisdom’s literary centres. These tales take us back to childhood, whether spent on number urban streets or in the shade of trees near the shore. Evoking such nostalgia, no easy feat, relies on the writer’s intimate knowledge of place, “a palpable affection for his home town,” as author Jim Prime puts it. “Reading this book is as comfortable as listening in on fishermen at the Westport general store on a foggy Saturday afternoon with a Nesbitt’s Orange in one hand and a bag of Scotties chips in the other.”
Wales has Dylan Thomas, Lake Wobegon has Garrison Keillor, and Brier Island, Nova Scotia has Ben Robicheau, a great raconteur with a remarkable eye for the right detail. He makes you wish you’d been there, or be glad you weren’t, often in the same tale! No matter where you grew up, you’ll long to go back home again—to Briar Island.
Jan Fancy Hull, author of Where's Home
Ben knows his subject matter intimately and recreates his experiences not only with a palpable affection for his home town but with an authenticity that only an islander could achieve. Reading this book is as comfortable as listening in on fishermen at the Westport general store on a foggy Saturday afternoon with a Nesbitt’s Orange in one hand and a bag of Scotties chips in the other.
Jim Prime, co-author of Fish and Dicks
From the joys of growing up on an isolated Nova Scotia Island, to life-threatening adventures at sea, Ben's skilful use of words will draw you right into the journey. This is how history should be written. Great short stories about daily life in an isolated island village. Don't look for kings and queens here, just great characters with tales to tell. I reluctantly reached the last page...the stories are so compelling I wanted to read more.
Andy Moir, founder, Passages
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