Desperation Named a Winner in the Miramichi Reader’s The Very Best! Book Awards 2017

Congratulations to Gary Collins! Desperation: The Queen of Swansea is one of the winners of the Miramichi Reader’s The Very Best! Book Awards 2017!

The Miramichi Reader’s The Very Best! Book Awards 2017 represents some of the best writing to come out of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. The five winning titles were chosen from a long list of sixteen titles, which were, in turn, chosen from the seventy plus books read by James M. Fisher between September 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017.

In Desperation, celebrated author Gary Collins brings to life the tale of the brigantine Queen of Swansea. Bound for Newfoundland in December 1867, the vessel made her first port of call in St. John’s, only to meet her doom on the rocks of Gull Island, Cape John. The following spring, Captain Mark Rowsell of Leading Tickles chanced upon the fallen ship’s crew on his return voyage from the seal hunt. His discovery of the wreckage, and the fate of the men and women on board, marks a chilling and unforgettable event that has echoed worldwide in the history of seagoing vessels.

Gary Collins was born in the town of Hare Bay, Bonavista North. He finished school at Brown Memorial High in the same town. He spent forty years in the logging and sawmilling business with his father, Theophilus, and son Clint. Gary was once Newfoundland’s youngest fisheries guardian. He managed log drives down spring rivers for years, spent seven seasons driving tractor-trailers over ice roads and the Beaufort Sea of Canada’s Western Arctic, and has been involved in the crab, lobster, and cod commercial fisheries. In 2016, he joined the Canadian Rangers. Gary’s writing career began when he was asked to write eulogies for deceased friends and family. Now a critically acclaimed author, he has written twelve books.

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