Growing up in the West End of Vancouver in the 1940s.

by Colin Ruthven



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/31/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 612
ISBN : 9781480897588
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 612
ISBN : 9781480897571
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 612
ISBN : 9781480897595

About the Book

Colin Ruthven grew up in Vancouver’s lively West End in the years during and following World War II.

He shares stories that are humorously light and others that are stirringly dark, including what it was like growing up with a father who spent the war battling his own demons. His Aunt Helen, who served as a dietician in the Royal Canadian Army, would tell him how she nursed concentration camp survivors back to health after liberation.

The author deftly ties in stories highlighting his boyhood comradery with fellow “enders” with more serious moments from adolescence, leading up to his dramatic departure from Canada at age nineteen.

Ruthven, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States of America, would go on to spend several decades in America, serving as a Marine fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and retiring as a lieutenant colonel before enjoying a second career as an award-winning illustrator.

About the Author

Colin Ruthven was born in Sweetgrass, Montana, but grew up in Canada with dual citizenship. He left Canada in 1954 and served in the United States Marine Corps, becoming a fighter pilot and serving two tours in Vietnam. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after twenty-one years and enjoyed a second career as an illustrator with The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Memphis with his wife, Alice, where he writes and paints.