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Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson (Untold Lives Series)

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Radisson, marooned by Dutch pirates on the coast of Spain, survives only to shipwreck on the rocky reefs of Venezuela. The teeth are arranged in common fashion for omnivores and are faced on their grinding surfaces with a silicate material. He must have been a person of robust strength and stamina to survive his early capture by the Iroquois, tortured, then adopted into that powerful aboriginal power, only to escape, twice.

Finally, Radisson’s tale survives thanks to Samuel Pepys the great English gossip and diarist, who snagged a copy of the manuscript when it was first printed. Like explorer John Franklin 150 years later on his disastrous first overland expedition, the starving Huron “boiled leather intended for clothes and shoes” and ate it. In the VegTrug this will be an advantage as it will give me space to plant another crop; perhaps some of my tomatoes or climbing French Beans. Bush Runner chronicles Radisson’s adventures from exploiting the expanding fur trade to finagling European imperial military ambitions to his own advantage in the 17th century Americas.It moves forward through other beheadings, with dissenters burned at the stake, prisoners drawn and quartered, a French prince poisoned, peasants hanged after revolts brutally crushed. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees.

WINNER OF THE 2020 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE • "Readers might well wonder if Jonathan Swift at his edgiest has been at work .Large quantities in a short period of time are poisonous, so the meat is usually used as a colorful garnish for certain gourmet dishes. Depending upon the length of the local year, bush runners will have from 1 to 3 litters per mating season. He soaked up indigenous culture and was able to relate to various tribes in a way acceptable to their cultures. Among the Iroquois, where social mobility was based on a kind of merit, he became, for a time, a young aristocrat.

A fascinating, funny, at times very gruesome and violent, but nevertheless wildly entertaining story. Ottawa journalist and historian Mark Bourrie is the 20th and final winner of the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Sourced from Radisson’s journals, which are the best first-hand accounts of 17th century Canada, Bush Runner tells the extraordinary true story of this protean 17th-century figure, a man more trading partner than colonizer, a peddler of goods and not worldview―and with it offers a fresh perspective on the world in which he lived. We as Canadians are also lucky that Radisson wrote down his experiences for the Hudson's Bay Company, and these documents were saved by no less than Samuel Pepys and King Charles I.

Publishers and self-published authors: Please read our Submissions page for more information about general submissions and our Sponsored Book Review Program. As Bourrie notes in the introduction: “Lies, murder and plunders aside…Radisson [was] a brave man who must have been a tremendous dinner companion, as long as you weren’t on the menu. Here is where I put down the book and thought of Hilary Mantel’s trilogy of novels about Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith born in the London suburb of Stepney in 1585. He leads us into an Otherworld as distant from contemporary Canada as any universe in science fiction.

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