Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law by Beverley McLachlin
The first woman to ever hold the role of Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin shares her life’s story — from growing up in the foothills of Alberta, to her career on the Supreme Court.
As a young woman, McLachlin moved to Edmonton to pursue a degree in philosophy. But when a loved one suggested she try the law, she realized that her passion lay in solving real-world problems — and the legal system was a place where she could make true change.
With a world that struggled to accept females in the workforce, let alone the law, Beverley strived to be perfect in all that she set her mind to. And her hard work paid off. McLachlin rose through the courts at an incredible rate to eventually be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Over the next eighteen years, she presided over some of the most prominent cases in the country.
From murder mysteries set on trains, to spy thrillers on submarines, or historical novels centred around the wonder of flight — there are so many great books set aboard transportation. And for one of our 2020 challenge prompts, that’s exactly what we’re looking for!
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of twenty different books set on (or around) a mode of transportation. This post contains affiliate links; as an Amazon associate, The 52 Book Club earns from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Books listed here are ones we’ve personally read and/or know fit the prompt!
As a young child, Lucy Claremont is fascinated by the tales her father weaves by the firelight. Each night, in an aged brick cottage in London, the family of this humble watchmaker, uncover a world of light and wonder. But it’s one story in particular that captures Lucy’s imagination — two hundred years earlier, a ship vanished into the night along with the traitor who stole her. Dedicating her life’s work to the finding of this lost ship, Lucy learns she needs the support of her childhood friend Dash to help unravel the puzzle.
Her evenings, however, were magic. Each day, as the sun began to set over Candlewick’s towers and the stars began to appear, and the flats across the courtyards were coming to life with the blue glow of tellies, she returned to the glass house and felt the rush of the city drop away. The cottage was a place where tales spun inside every dusty shaft of golden-hour sunlight. Where each evening, stories and riddles were told around flickering flames — crackling hearth fire in winter months, pirouetting candlelight in the summer.”
Set The Stars Alight, Amanda Dykes
Over two centuries earlier, the young son of an Admiral finds himself bound for a life on the seas. But a chance encounter with a shepherd forever alters his life and sets him off on a course charted for betrayal and heartbreak. As Frederick finds himself in a world of trouble, he will do anything to protect the family he’s built — even if that means sacrificing himself.