About the Author
Colin Haskin is a former editor at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s
national newspaper. He lives in an old house on the banks of the Trent
River in eastern Ontario, where he renovates and writes, and recovers
from bouts of both. The renovations will one day end, but not the
Haskin grew up in small-town, pre-television New Zealand
where he was the youngest member of a family of serious readers
whose idea of an outing was to cycle, en masse, to the municipal
library. He read everything, especially if it was by Arthur Ransome,
Rosemary Sutcliff, Henry Treece, Ian Serraillier, John Wyndham,
Paul Gallico or Farley Mowat.
At 18, seizing on the notion that he could somehow write for a
living, Haskin joined a local newspaper and later set out to see the
world, stopping once in a while to work on dailies in Australia,
Britain, Los Angeles, British Columbia, and elsewhere. His intention
was to one day return to New Zealand, but instead he fell in love with
all things Canadian. He also fell in love with sailing and built a bluewater
cruising yacht, only to lose it in a storm off California that took
the lives of two crew members.
Although he moved to Toronto and spent 25 years at the Globe
and Mail, Haskin never gave up on boats or books. He shares both
with family and friends who join him at his home on the river, where
he is given to pondering the local wildlife. He suspects there is a novel
to be found in the social life of Canada Geese.