No Place for a Woman: The Life and Newfoundland Stories of Ella Manuel
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As a young woman, the late Ella Manuel left the busy shipping community of Lewisporte, Newfoundland, for the wider world in the 1920s, but eventually returned to the island, as a single mother, to settle in Bonne Bay. An accomplished writer, broadcaster, journalist, advocate for peace, and staunch feminist, Manuel would leave an indelible mark on the culture she documented and celebrated in her work. Here, biographer Antony Berger expertly chronicles the life of Ella Manuel and incorporates unpublished radio scripts and brilliant extracts from her private journals to bring Manuel to the page in her own words. Brimming with insight and wit, No Place for a Woman opens an illuminating window on life in twentieth-century Newfoundland, and preserves the work of a truly original Newfoundlander.
“Ella Manuel’s stories are lively, direct, and fresh. Her own life-story is remarkable. Her audacity and emotional complexity make her a character worthy of a novel.” – Elizabeth Hay
“Newfoundland’s international reputation as a treasure house of remarkable storytellers is enhanced by this rich account of the life and career of the unforgettable Ella Manuel, twentieth century writer and radio personality. Her story is told with wit and affection by her son, Tony Berger.” – Annie Proulx
“No Place for a Woman is an entertaining and illuminating book that ensures that the words of Ella Manuel, an independent and talented woman who fiercely loved her corner of the world, will get continued exposure—a worthy endeavour in itself.” – Lisa Timpf, The Miramichi Reader