Florence, Dante and Me

In the early 1960s, when all things European were hip, a UBC student went to Italy for a year to study Dante. His letters home are the subject of a new book. Review by Beverly Cramp. FULL STORY

Noteworthy hangings

September 11th, 2017

Nancy J. Hughes’s second book, Found Art of the Clans Erskine & Holland 1710-1965 (Victoria: Wildflower Publishing House, 2017 $30) concerns ancestors of the author’s birth mother’s grandfather, David Erskine Gellatley of Westbank, Kelowna, reaching back to 1710. We follow heirlooms that belonged to the Erskine & Holland families in Scotland and England as an art collecton passes through three hundred years of descendants. Along the way relatives become Lord Advocates of Scotland, Lord High Chancellor of the United Kingdom and judicial advisors to the King of Siam. Sprinkle in some adultery, illegitimacy and connections with Sir Isaac Newton, Rudyard Kipling, George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Walter Scott, Sigmund Freud
Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. Author photo by Vicki Hughes Romera.

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