Nine Bells for a Man


Young Robert Pachal crosses Canada by train with his brotherinlaw’s coffin, bearing witness to a way of life that will never be seen again. When he arrives in Barry’s Bay, he unwittingly sets in motion one of the final and most tragic events in pioneer Canada.


Tragic and humourous in its scope, Nine Bells For A Man evokes a world that is gone now and presents in vivid detail the hopes, aspirations and the courage of the people it celebrates.

The Algonquin News

About the Author

Peter Unwin

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Peter Unwin

Peter Unwin grew up in southern Ontario and has travelled extensively in the north. His first collection of short stories, The Rock Farmers, was nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award, and his essays have been singled out for both regional and national attention. His story The World In the Evening was shortlisted for the 2012 Canadian National Magazine Award For Fiction. He lives in Toronto.