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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-371-0
ISBN 10: 1-55017-371-5
6 x 9 - 304 pp
November 2006
CAD$24.95 • USD$24.95

Over the Mountains

More Thoughts on Things that Matter
The latest book of essays from radio legend Rafe Mair told with humour and critical insight.

Book Description

"I'm no good at writing," says Rafe Mair, paraphrasing Robert Benchley, "but by the time I realized that, I was too famous to stop." He didn’t begin writing until he was fifty, but since that time he has won the coveted Michener Canadian Media Award, the Hutchison Award for Lifetime Contribution to BC Journalism and has been inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame. Now liberated from the distraction of his wildly popular radio talk show, Rafe has for the first time been able to concentrate his legendary energies exclusively on the written word—and Over the Mountains is the result.

Rafe tackles controversial issues such as "Canada, Western Alienation, Quebec Separation and All That—An Update," "BC’s Greatest Premier Named Bennett," "The European Union: An Exercise in Deception," "The Free Press and Other Myths," "The Christian Right," "The Catholic Church," "Whither Books," "The Welfare State," "Corporate Eco-Terrorism," "Supply Without Demand: When Privatization Fails," "On Parting with Old Books," "Travel Notes," "Dogs and Cats" and "The Law is an (Expensive) Ass," to name a few. His sense of humour and critical insight will produce a wide range of responses from, "I can’t believe he said that!" to "no one’s ever put it so clearly before."

In Over the Mountains, you’ll find out why Rafe thinks "ecoterrorist" Paul Watson deserves the Order of Canada; how Rafe blew his one chance with Gloria Steinem; whether or not Tiger Woods is the best golfer of all time, and you’ll read about the holes Rafe has found in the theory of evolution.