David Richards

DAVID RICHARDS’ education at the Royal Military College in Kingston and his experience as a member of the Canadian Army for six years provided him with the perfect background to explore his fictional territories. First there was Soldier Boys (Thistledown Press, 1993) that transformed the Northwest Rebellion from a “history lesson into a human drama.” Next came Lady at Batoche (Thistledown Press, 1999) that rewrote the Gabriel Dumont/ Louis Riel mythology and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2007, The Plough's Share vividly encompassed late nineteenth century England, the Boer War, and Canada’s Barr Colonist experience. In The Source of Light (2011) Richards focuses his attention, research and storytell;ing on science and technology
David Richards lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for part of the year and Tahsis, a beautiful ocean village on the west coast of Vancouver Island, for the rest of the year.








536 pages / trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available

The Plough's Share

ISBN: 978-1-894345-73-6

Dispelling the languor often associated with the long historical novel David Richards’ epic novel reestablishes the role of the writer-craftsman in this genre.

Replete with historical accuracy, The Plough’s Share is as much about the complex struggles for self-worth as it is about taming the forces that shaped Canada in the last century.

Set alternatively in England, South Africa, and Canada, the novel translates the world of nineteenth-century England. A young man’s quest to regain his name and win a seductive young woman unfolds as Richards turns loose the hardship, blood, and terror of the Boer War, where men struggle to survive. The reprieve from such madness leads to Canada — the place of peace and plenty, where exploiting the dreamers and those who would reinvent themselves is turned into big business. Caught up in the fever that drew the Barr colonists to the challenge of settling the Canadian West, Richards’ characters are shaped by misdirected enthusiasm, implacable natural forces, and the hardened realism of ravaged dreams. The result is an exhilarating adventure, both tense and riveting.

Ages 13+


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