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Robertson, Anthony.

Madeira Park (B.C.), Harbour Publishing, c1984. 135pp, paper, $8.95, ISBN 0-920080-70-7. CIP

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by John D. Crawford

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

This is a study of the works of Roderick Haig-Brown, a writer well-known for his books on fishing. In fact, Haig-Brown wrote on a variety of subjects, particularly for young readers, and copies of his novels and some of his non-fiction works can be found in many school libraries. An opening biographical chapter and an interesting selection of photographs provide a broad picture, and this is fleshed out with some interesting analysis and biographical detail that brings to life a man of considerable depth. Roderick Haig-Brown emerges as a multi-faceted individual, quintessential^/ English in name and appearance, yet at home in the rural setting of northern Vancouver Island. He seems bookish and intellectual yet fits well into the environment of woods and river. There is a sense of balance in the man that is reflected in his attitude to conservation. However revealing and interesting this book is about Haig-Brown himself, the chief ingredient is a study of his writings. Anthony Robertson adopts a scholarly approach that is always interesting and provides many insights into his work. Much of Haig-Brown's work is still in print and will remain so, because as Robertson puts it, "Haig-Brown is a writer whom society must grow into."

John D. Crawford, Frank Hobbs E.S., Victoria, B.C.
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