Reader Be Thou Also Ready
“Successful . . . reflection of social history . . . loving attention to 19th-century life”
—Quill & Quire
A most atrocious Murder has been committed in this hitherto peaceful part of the country. On Tuesday evening last, Mr. William Fawcett, living in the upper part of this parish called his family together about 10 o’clock to attend their evening devotion, which being over, he was sitting by a candle reading his Bible, when some monster in human shape fired a gun through the window at him and killed him immediately; he never spoke nor moved after being shot. Mr. Fawcett was a man of most amiable character, mild, inoffensive and retiring in his manners; he probably never willfully offended any person; and has died universally regretted by all who knew him.
New Brunswick Royal Gazette
July 4, 1832
Reader Be Thou Also Ready is a work of historical fiction that recreates this compelling true crime story from Middle Sackville, New Bruinswick, on the edge of the Tantramar Marsh. This book was launched at the Yorkshire 2000 Festival.
Robert James is a third great-grandson of William Fawcett, the subject of the novel. A classroom teacher and vice principal for Peel Board of Education in Mississauga, Ontario for 33 years, Robert James is now retired. He pursues genealogy and writing interests.
July 2000 / 9” x 6” / 224 pp / novel (BISAC: FIC014000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-26-X (tp) / $23.95
BJP eBook 10, ISBN 1-896647-43-X (PDF)