|By (author):||Gray, Charlotte|
|Subject:||HISTORY / Canada / General|
|Size:||9.00in x 6.00in|
|From The Publisher*||A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year An Amazon Top 100 Book of the Year|
Shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize
Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict-the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey In February 1915, a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing faceof a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.
As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers-which was made into a Discovery Channel miniseries entitled "Klondike"-multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines alight on a central moment in our past.
CHARLOTTE GRAY, one of Canada's pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. Over nine books, she has brought our past to life. Gray is a Member of the Order of Canada andwas a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.
Visit Charlotte online atcharlottegray.ca.