Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins
Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins

Spit Delaney's Island

The Invention
of the World

The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne

The Barclay Family Theatre

The Honorary Patron

Left Behind in
Squabble Bay

Innocent Cities

Over Forty in
Broken Hill

A Passion for Narrative

The Macken Charm

Broken Ground


Damage Done
by the Storm

The Master of Happy Endings

Other Publications

Cadillac Cathedral

Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins
Canadian Short Stories  

  Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins  

Spit Delaney's Island
Short Stories (1976)
Jack Hodgins

Spit Delaney's Island is Vancouver Island, and its settings - the lush green forests, the pulp mills, the all-encompassing sea, and the ferries crossing to the mainland - permeate this stunning collection of short fiction. Opening and closing with stories about Spit Delaney himself, the operator of Old Number One steam locomotive in the local mill, the volume travels between the harsh world of its people's reality and the comforts of their fantasies.

Winner of the Eaton's B.C. Book Prize.

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Humane and compassionate, Spit Delaney's Island, the first collection of fiction from Jack Hodgins, established him as a writer of extraordinary imagination and dazzling humour.

"Jack Hodgins has done for the people of Vancouver Island what John Steinbeck did for the inhabitants of California's Salinas Valley and William Faulkner did for the American South. He has burned them into the national consciousness."

The Gazette (Montreal)

"These are the early works of a great composer: the early chamber works of a man who has taught himself to write for a talking orchestra, with seats and parts for everyone in town."

Robert Bringhurst


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