I Saw Three ShipsFront Cover

ISBN: 9781772012330 | Paperback

$16.95 | 264 pages | Pub. Date: 2019
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
Fiction | featured | Bisac: FIC029000
ISBN 13: 9781772012330 | Rights: WORLD

I Saw Three Ships
West End Stories
By Bill Richardson

“By June, Philip’s view of English Bay, what’s left of it, will be utterly gone. It was always going to happen. For years now, it’s been getting harder and harder to see what’s out there. For years now, it’s been getting harder and harder to know what to do.”

Eight linked stories, all set around Christmastime in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, explore the seasonal tug-of-war between expectation and disappointment. These tales give shelter to characters from various walks of life whose experience of transcendence leaves them more alienated than consoled.

I Saw Three Ships captures a West End community vanishing under pressure from development and skyrocketing real-estate prices. As arch as they are elegiac, as funny as they are melancholy, these stories honour a cherished period in the history of the West End. Sometimes twisted, sometimes tender, I Saw Three Ships will speak to all who have ever been stuck spinning their wheels at the corner of Heathen and Holy.

Richardson’s prose is dense for a dense neighbourhood. He stuffs jokes and memories into each paragraph, just as his characters stuff treasured stuff into their apartments ... It’s an elegiac holiday read as characters ache and reminisce while the beloved landmarks of the West End are claimed in the background by “cranes, backhoes, diggers.”
The Tyee

"Richardson won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1994 for Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast, the first book in his Bachelor Brothers trilogy. With I Saw Three Ships, Richardson might have another award winner on his hands."
Winnipeg Free Press

"A compassionate book ... with the added bonus of being quirky."
The Ormsby Review

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news | 2019-12-10
I Saw Three Ships: A Best BC Book of 2019!

…Bill Richardson’s I Saw Three Ships is on Grant Lawrence’s Best B.C. Books of … If you haven’t yet, pick up your copy of I Saw Three Ships today! …


news | 2019-11-21
I Saw Three Ships #1 in Paperback Fiction at McNally Robinson

…Bill Richardson’s wonderful book, I Saw Three Ships , is #1 in paperback fiction on the November 10 … Radio host Sheryl MacKay for a conversation about I Saw Three Ships on December 7 at 11 a.m. at the Central Library …


news | 2019-09-10
I Saw Three Ships Sets Sail

…day to Bill Richardson’s fabulous new book I Saw Three Ships ! In I Saw Three Ships , eight linked stories, … leaves them more alienated than consoled. I Saw Three Ships captures a West End community vanishing under … West End. Sometimes twisted, sometimes tender, I Saw Three Ships will speak to all who have ever been stuck … Heathen and Holy. In Vancouver? Bill will launch I Saw Three Ships this Friday, September 13 at 2 p.m. at the Joe … Library. More info here. Order your copy of I Saw Three Ships today! …