Halifax Magazine calls new chapters “fitting update”
“This most recent edition [of Warden of the North”] includes Raddall’s subsequent additions to the book, plus three new chapters by Stephen Kimber, updating it to 2009. Adding new pieces to a well established work is one of the most daunting challenges a writer can face, but Kimber rises to the occasion. His journalistic style of storytelling is smooth and accessible, nicely dovetailing with Raddall’s work. Covering topics like amalgamation, the G-7 Summit and the arrival of a large Buddhist community, Kimber logically continues what Raddall began—a fitting update of an influential and important work.”
From January Magazine
Non-Fiction: Halifax: Warden of the North by Thomas H. Raddall
In some ways, having a crisp new copy of Thomas H. Raddall’s Halifax: Warden of the North (Nimbus) in hand seems like something of a miracle. First published in 1948, Halifax: Warden of the North won the Governor Generals Award for non-fiction in that year and, in editions in the years between, it has always been a standard text and research tool on the history of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The book chronicles Halifax’s birth as a city and its evolution: right up until the time Raddall died in the early 1990s. This new edition has been updated by award-winning Halifax journalist, Stephen Kimber who adds key historical chapters to Raddall’s classic, including the G-7 economic summit, in 1995 and the sewage treatment controversy of 2009.
The resulting book is both fresh and seamless. An important part of Nova Scotia’s written history, newly updated.