List of top 100 books in Canada recognises City academic

Julie Wheelwright's book included in a prestigious list published by The Global and Mail.

9 December 2011

nullJulie Wheelwright, Programme Director for the MA Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) at City University London has been acknowledged in the Top 100 Books of 2011 list published by The Globe and Mail in Canada. 

Esther, The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright - Puritan Child, Native Daughter, Mother Superior, by Julie Wheelwright is published by HarperCollins.

The book is a based on the true story of Julie's ancestor, Esther Wheelwright. The story starts in 1703, when a war party of French soldiers and Abenaki warriors raided the village of seven-year-old Puritan girl Esther Wheelwright, taking thirty-nine captives and killing a handful of men, women and children. 

Through the biography, critically acclaimed author Julie takes the reader on a journey through Esther's life, who was adopted into the family of her captors and lived quite happily, her family unaware she was still alive. When finally released from her Abenaki family, Esther chose to stay in her new home and against all odds, rose through the ranks to become Mother Superior-and a pivotal figure after the siege of Quebec in 1759.

Julie Wheelwright said that being included in the Globe's top list of books was an honour. 

"To be included in such a prestigious list is very exciting, there are many fantastic books on the list, many of which I've read." 

Professor Stephen Cottrell, Head of the Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise at City University London said:

"City's MA in Creative Writing (Non-fiction) is unique in the UK, and we are very privileged to have professional authors like Julie Wheelwright teaching on the programme. Her books have always been very well received and I am delighted to congratulate Julie on her most recent accolade."

Julie Wheelwright's other books include The Fatal Love: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage, which was translated into five languages, and Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed as Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.