John Wilson

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A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It's the Erebus!

Now we know its HMS Erebus!
The John Franklin ship discovered in September is the Erebus—just as I said in North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames and Graves of Ice. Okay, the Inuit said it first in the 1860s, but still…and I had my moment of fame on CTV.

So the Inuit testimony is accurate. Therefore, there's no point in searching for the Terror, it must be the ship that the Inuit said was crushed and driven ashore on King William Island.

Dive on the Erebus next summer and find all manner of wonderful things preserved in the cold water (the body of the tall man with long teeth?), but don't neglect all the small islands nearby. Might they be where the last crew members buried records and/or the bodies of their comrades before they set off east to an unknown end. Inuit testimony again—two or three men set off east from the Erebus (trapped in one year ice) in the spring (1849 or 1850?).

A final rant—why are these announcements left to politicians (Harper during question time!), instead of scientists who know something and could possibly say how they determined it was Erebus? I know the answer, it just depresses me.

In case you missed it the first time, here's my moment of fame on CTV, looking intelligent yet approachable. Was the phone call to let me know I'd been selected for a free cruise to the Bahamas?


                      







Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7Sequels—the story continues.

 

October 1st sees the official release of the 7Sequels, continuing the adventures of the seven grandsons from the 7Series. In Broken Arrow, Steve is with Laia in Barcelona for Christmas and gets involved in a mystery involving a lost bomb, a nuclear accident in 1966, the Russian Mafia, sabotage, and the disturbing possibility that his beloved grandfather might have been a spy. Don't worry, though, it all works out in the end!
In a couple of weeks, all seven authors will be embarking on a tour of southern Ontario to support the new books.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Has anyone got a precise location on where the Franklin ship has been found? 

A map I saw suggested nw of King William Island where they were beset. I thought this was unlikely because of the Inuit testimony that suggested a largely undamaged ship in one year ice off the Adelaide Peninsula south of KWI. (Gilder said a man called Ikinnelikpatolok claimed “The next white man he saw was dead in a bunk of a big ship which was frozen near an island about five miles due west of Grant Point, on Adelaide Peninsula. They {the Inuit} had to walk about three miles on smooth ice to reach the ship…About this time he saw the tracks of white men on the mainland. When he first saw them there were four and afterward only three. This was when the spring snows were falling…When his people saw the ship so long without anyone around they used to go on board and steal pieces of wood and iron. They did not know how to get inside by the doors and cut a hole in the side of the ship, on a level with the ice, so that when the ice broke-up during the following summer the ship filled and sunk.”)
This article suggest that the ship was indeed found off Adelaide Peninsula http://aptn.ca/news/2014/09/11/pmo-downplays-rich-inuit-link-discovered-franklin-ship/.

Other interesting thing is the mention of spring snow—that has to place the ship being abandoned there in early 1849 or later!

Of course, I must admit a bias because the Adelaide Peninsula scenario is what I've used in several books—North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames and Graves of Ice.

A John Franklin Journal

With John Franklin hitting the headlines, sales of the eBook, North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames are on the increase (#12 on Amazon.com's Polar Books). If you missed it the first time around, it's a recreation of Fitzjames' journal based on, and including quotes from, the journal he sent back from Greenland before the expedition disappeared.
Read more about it on my website.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Looks as if the canvas from the winter covering is still on.
Okay, I went up Helvellyn today, along Striding Edge, awesome, but doesn't even come close to the news that ONE OF JOHN FRANKLIN'S SHIPS HAS BEEN FOUND!!! (Sorry for shouting and the multiple exclamation marks). The ship looks incredibly complete on the sonar images—which ship is it (I've got ten buck on Erebus)—what's inside—documents, human remains, photographs??? Probably not, but the water's cold and preserves a lot in a complete wreck like this.
Of course, you all still have the chance to read the real story before the truth messes things up in Graves of Ice.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Follow my travels on Facebook

Ammonites in Lyme Regis museum.
I'm currently working my way along the south coast of England and adding interesting pieces of information and a few photographs more-or-less every day on Facebook. There's a bit of everything from Iron Age forts, Roman remains, Medieval Cathedrals, Castles and sheep! Drop by and see how things are going. https://www.facebook.com/johnwilson.author

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why we should support indie bookstores.

From The Washington Post:

A reader named Maureen Feinroth sends in this anecdote about her book-shopping experience at a Barnes & Noble in the Washington area:
Me: Hi, I am looking for the new biography of Beethoven. I don’t see it on the shelf.
Salesperson: I can look it up for you. [Typing "b-a-y . . ."]
Me: No, it’s Beethoven: “b-e-e . . .”
Salesperson: Oh “Beethoven.” I LOVED that movie!!! Wait. The dog wrote a book?

On a related note, in Chapters, I once found my biography of Norman Bethune in the medical section beside the Atkins Diet!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Blog



Five of my books, four novels (And in the Morning, Shot at Dawn, Red Goodwin, Wings of War), and one non-fiction (Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI) are set during the First World War. To mark the 100th anniversary of the war, I have created a new Blog, in which I will upload short extracts from these books (which ever seems appropriate), over the next while.

To begin, here's a short extract from Chapter One of the recently published Wings of War.

Enjoy.