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Richmond P. Hobson

Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1989. 252pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 0-7710-1862-2. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Mollie Hooper.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

First published in 1955, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy has become a favour­ite of generations of Canadian readers. It is the true story of a cowboy of our century - of a man who built a four-million-acre cattle empire in the wilder­ness of interior B.C.

In his telling, Hobson makes real the romance and adventure of cowboy life: the heroic struggle of the Frozen Drive, the battle against wolves, the loyalty and camaraderie between cowhands, the frustration of unfeeling bankers, but best of all, the cleanness and beauty of living in the great outdoors. The final element of a real western - romance - comes in the form of a blond dream woman who (literally magically) leads him to true happiness.

The book is written in a very easy-to-read style. The change in format and cover design have given the book a new series look. Hobson's other two novels Grass Beyond the Mountains and The Rancher Takes a Wife (both McClelland & Stewart, 1978) are soon to be published in this same new style. These true adventure stories should have a place in every public and school library. For readers from fifteen years to adult they will prove exciting reading.

Mollie Hooper, Qualicum Beach, B.C.
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