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Rita Jerram

At the tender age of 18, Edith Jerram boards a ship to Canada to join her fiancé William, knowing that she may never see her family in England again. Frontier life on the Canadian prairies is harder than Edith could have ever imagined, but as the years pass her love for her new country is her one constant in a dangerous and difficult world full of constant joys and losses. As Tales from a Prairie Journal charts Edith’s extraordinary life, it offers glimpses into a bigger picture of a rapidly changing era, where great wars take place and empires crumble, but this is primarily a human story of love, motherhood and grief. Concluding with a letter from the English granddaughter whom Edith never met, Tales from a Prairie Journal is a compelling love letter to Canada, and a fascinating portrait of a formidable woman, which will never fail to raise both a smile and a tear.

Rita Jerram, who reimagined these journal entries made into a more traditional narrative, originally undertook this project in a bid to rediscover her Canadian roots. It was a journey which led to the production of this book, as well as her making a trip out there and forming lasting bonds with her Canadian relatives. She is now retired and lives in York.


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Nunnington Hall


April 1, 2017
11:00 am - 11:45 am


Ryedale Book Festival


Nunnington Hall
North Yorkshire YO62 5UY United Kingdom + Google Map