Gift Guide: For the Fan of Non-Fiction

Flanker’s non-fiction titles make the perfect gifts for true crime readers and history buffs.

Gower Street - small

Gower Street is Nix Wadden’s charming memoir beginning with his growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the 1930s and 1940s.

Mr Big - small

Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart is the shocking true story of a murder investigation in Newfoundland and Labrador that forever changed the face of the Canadian justice system.

A Beautiful Sight - Small

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the port’s incorporation under the federal government’s jurisdiction, A Beautiful Sight traces the oral history of the port in the twentieth century. Adapted from over a dozen recorded interviews with those who have most intimately seen and shaped the port’s evolution, A Beautiful Sight is a unique glimpse into one of the most storied harbours in North America.

Murder on the Rock - Small

The story of Newfoundland and Labrador is a long and bloody one. In Murder on the Rock, Robert C. Parsons describes some of the most horrific and puzzling crimes and shenanigans that have happened in this province.

The Deadly Sea - Small

Fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the world: in Atlantic Canada, an average of one person dies every month while working at sea. The Deadly Sea by bestselling author Jim Wellman contains twenty-five stories about men and women who work in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry, ranging from biographies of professionals to tales of tragedy at sea.

Royal Newfoundland Regiment - Small

With more than 400 photographs and 40 maps, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the Great War is a tribute to those who served and a guide for those who wish to retrace the soldiers’ steps.

A Blue Puttee at War - Small

A Blue Puttee at War is by far the most complete account of World War I by any member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Sydney Frost, a young Nova Scotian, was working in St. John’s at The Bank of Nova Scotia when the First World War began in August 1914. He joined the newly revived Newfoundland Regiment on 21 August 1914, the first night that volunteers were accepted. Assigned Regimental Number 58, he became one of the First Five Hundred, often known as the Blue Puttees.


The tales in Facing the Sea of rescue and tragedy, of love lost and redeemed, describe first-hand what life was like for lightkeepers and their families in twenty-five light stations along the exposed and often inhospitable coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.