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Scoundrels and Scallywags [Paperback]

Brian Brennan

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Book Description

Sept. 17 2002

Alberta has a long-standing reputation for attracting and producing characters with scant respect for the law and even less for public opinion. In his latest collection of short biographies, Brian Brennan, Dave Greber Award winner for freelance writing, looks at the flamboyant, eccentric, and downright bizzare people who established this provincial tradition. People such as:

  • Wild Bill Peyto, the legendary mountain man who once let a lynx loose in a saloon to see how quickly the drunks could escape.

  • Calgary's notorious prostitute Pearl Miller, who left such an impression with Canadian soldiers in WWII that they responded to the American sign "Remember Pearl Harbour" with "To hell with Pearl Harbour, remember Pearl Miller."

  • Fred Percival, the Alberta Rancher who inherited the title Earl of Egmont and decided, after a few years in an English castle, that ranching was the better life.

  • Elizabeth "Sweaty Betty" Abbott, an Edmonton slum landlord known for punching out abusive husbands and taking care of their battered wives.

They're a wild and unruly bunch, but Alberta couldn't be prouder of them.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside; 1 edition (Sept. 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894004922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894004923
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A collection of riveting tales about the adventurers, eccentrics and outlaws who dared to be different, and who definitely would not tolerate being ignored."

-- Western Living magazine

"Here is Alberta history in bite-sized, easily digested portions, a lively and entertaining romp through the years."

-- Calgary Herald

Book Description

Short-listed for the Grant MacEwan Literary Award

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