Praise for John DeMont's The Long Way Home
“DeMont drifts with ease between the present and the past, evoking with great feeling those who walked and breathed and cultivated this land before us. I wish all history books were so beautifully written.”
—Donna Morrissey, author of The Fortunate Brother
“The Long Way Home is history from the heart written with a journalist's instinctive understanding of the instructive power in dramatic detail and human foible, places where historians all too often fear to tread.”
—Linden MacIntyre, author of The Only Café
“This is a voyage for the ages—a tender peregrination through memory and the province that is Canada’s old soul, rendered vivid and exceptionally moving by the author’s singular knowledge and love of place.”
—Noah Richler, author of The Candidate
“John DeMont knows this very well: Nova Scotians have always taken our history personally. Our identities both as a province and the separate cultures under its umbrella are defined by recognizing and protecting it. We look to our history and we know who we are, we hold it to our hearts as we walk forward. Demont has walked the width and length of Nova Scotia for decades encountering this history, sometimes even in person as it happened. You get the sense that he has gathered the province in his arms. He is captured by personalities, of those who leap naturally from the pages of the history books, but also those modern stewards, the local that someone points him towards for a story, the living encounters that left an impression. It is the Nova Scotia we live and love, the hard-won and heartbreak both, a personal history, as is only fit from someone who met it face to face so often.”
—Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops
“John DeMont has done wandering Nova Scotians a great service. In this wonderfully and carefully written book he has captured much of what we all miss when we're away, and what keeps us coming home.”
—Gerald Butts, Principal Secretary, the Prime Minister of Canada
Praise for John DeMont's Coal Black Heart
Nominated for the 2010 National Business Book Award
"A prodigious book . . . written skillfully and often lyrically"
—The Globe and Mail
"Elegiac, scrupulously researched."
"Wonderful . . . full of exhuberance."
"There is history big and small here, heroism and heartbreak, and
humanity in all its diversity. Coal Black Heart is an epic tale and a
compelling one—John DeMont's prose grabs you by the shirt collar and
keeps you turning the pages."
—D'Arcy Jenish, author of Epic Wanderer:
David Thompson and the Opening of the West