Growing Up Weird

Growing Up Weird

Liz Maxwell Forbes takes the reader on a bittersweet journey through childhood in the privileged environ of Oak Bay under the faulty guidance of eccentric parents. She writes with raw honesty about her troubling behaviour as she struggles to find her way through the stifling aspirations of a society that existed during the 1940s and 1950s.

At times a brave uncompromising view of a difficult childhood, Growing Up Weird is also a story of hope and resilience, humour and love. Part memoir, part social history, it is a compelling work of nonfiction with a strong narrative that reads like a novel.

View From the Tower – Revised Edition

View From the Tower

It is 1960 and a newly minted air traffic controller arrives with his young wife and daughter at the remote Port Hardy Airport for his first posting. The evening before their arrival, a Pacific Western Airlines’ C-46 ran off the end of the runway while making a forced landing. The wreckage was being cleared away as their flight landed. It was not an auspicious beginning. Even so Grant quickly grows to love the area with the fishing it offers and the eccentric characters he meets and he embraces the territory with its wild storms and raw energy.

River Tales

Swept up in the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s, two couples buy a rural property and set in motion what would be twenty years of adventure and misadventure for Liz Maxwell Forbes. The backdrop for this engaging picture of country living is the Cowichan River, a constant presence and reminder of what is most important in life.