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Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him Paperback – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307357406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307357403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A Globe and Mail Best Book
 
“Roy MacGregor, one of Canada’s top authors, unravels much of what is arguably the greatest Canadian mystery of all time in his latest book. . . . MacGregor has woven a convincing story.” 
 — Toronto Star
 
“Part history, part true-crime investigation and part memoir, Northern Light is both scrupulously even-handed and deeply personal. . . . [MacGregor] has crafted a beautifully realized picture of a time and place.”
 — Winnipeg Free Press
 
“It would be a shame to give too much detail from Northern Light because it is an intriguing, well-crafted piece of work blessed with all the natural elements of a great story: Fame, murder, lost love, shame, money, government deception and a drama played out against one of our country’s most magnificent natural backdrops. What more could a reader ask for?”
 — Ottawa Citizen
 
“What happened to painter Tom Thomson is the greatest Canadian story never fully told. But now, thanks to Roy MacGregor, it has been.”
 — David M. Shribman, The Globe and Mail (Best Book)
 
“The author does a masterful job of navigating through this thicket of possibilities, and comes to a conclusion that seems virtually unassailable.”
 — Maclean’s


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About the Author

Roy MacGregor is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the U.S. Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); and Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A regular columnist at The Globe and Mail since 2002, MacGregor's journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was described in the citation as one of Canada's "most gifted storytellers." He grew up in Huntsville, Ontario, and has kept returning to the Tom Thomson mystery all his writing life. He lives in Kanata.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil J. Lehto on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Roy MacGregor, whose great uncle married Winnifred Trainor's sister, offers some new and intriguing investigative work into the 1917 drowning and burial of Canada's greatest landscape painter, Tom Thomson, in Algonquin Park's Canoe Lake. He uses his own personal experience with Winnifred Trainor, a friend and possible lover of Thomson's, to bring new insight into her character and relationship with him.
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I've always found the Tom Thompson mystery fascinating and Roy MacGregor does a great job with this piece of historical fiction. Since MacGregor has a family connection with Huntsville, Ontario, Algonquin Park, and the woman who loved Tom, this is an especially interesting and insightful book. As Huntsville locals have said, MacGregor's book likely gets the reality of Tom Thompson's demise correct.
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By The Counselor on September 12, 2013
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Nicely written tome about one of Canada's (and the world's) great artists.... Anyone expecting easy answers to the mystery surrounding Thomson's death will not find it here (or perhaps anywhere).
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By Janemist on October 21, 2012
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Not badly written but too repetitive although the descriptions of the north country were great and writer did prove that there was some foul play concerning Tom Thomson's death. Could have cut down the writing by half. Read the book because my book club chose it but otherwise don't think I would have picked it for a good read.
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