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As a child, Barbara MacPherson lived for several years in Bridge Lake, a small community located in the Interlakes district of the Southern Cariboo. After much research (over 100 interviews plus extensive archival and newspaper research) she wrote The Land On Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake (Caitlin 2017). The book covers some First Nation but mostly White Settler family stories from the years 1871 to 1959 about people who lived in the area that stretches from North Bonaparte to Bridge Lake. "Barbara MacPherson has accomplished something truly rare here: a settler-era history that keeps precariousness at its centre," says John Belshaw, author and Thompson Rivers University professor. "A treasure trove of early photographs, painstaking research and most of all, marvelous accounts of feckless wanderers and resolute settlers, roadhouse operators and ranchers in the South Cariboo - tough cookies, bad apples and flashy dudes included!" adds author and lighthouse keeper Caroline Woodward about the book.

A freelance writer for over 30 years with many published magazine articles to her credit, MacPherson also co-wrote with Milton Parent, Faces of the Past (Arrow Lakes Historical Society 1989). She now lives in Nakusp.


Land On Which We Live (Caitlin 2017) $24.95 978-1-987915-36-5

Co-wrote: Faces of the Past (Arrow Lakes Historical Society 1989) with Milton Parent.

[BCBW 2017]