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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Oct 12, 2021 On Sale Date: Nov 02, 2021 Carton Quantity: 24 $24.95 CAD
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The Donnellys: Powder Keg, 1840–1880
By (author): John Little
John Little


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Nov 02, 2021
$24.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 1.22 in | 1.65 lb

Page Count:

544 pages


20 20 illustrations, black and white , 1 1 maps
ECW Press
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
True crime|General and world history|19th century, c 1800 to c 1899
  • Short Description
An in-depth, well-researched, and comprehensive account of the vigilante mob that murdered five of the Donnelly family and burned the family farm to the ground, and the feuds and religious tensions that led to it exploding into the headline-inducing massacre that it was.

A violent family living in violent times.

In the 1840s, the Donnelly family immigrates from Ireland to the British province of Canada. Almost immediately problems develop as the patriarch of the family is sent to the Kingston Penitentiary for manslaughter, leaving his wife to raise their eight children on her own.

The children are raised in an incredibly violent community and cultivate a devoted loyalty to their mother and siblings, which often leads to problems with the law and those outside of the family.

The tensions between the family and their community escalate as the family’s enemies begin to multiply. The brothers go into business running a stagecoach line and repay all acts of violence perpetrated against them, which only worsens the situation.

Refusing to take a backwards step, the Donnellys stand alone against a growing power base that includes wealthy business interests in the town of Lucan, the local diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, law authorities and a number of their neighbours.


  • Canadian true crime buffs

  • People interested in regional Ontario history

John Little is the bestselling author Who Killed Tom Thomson? He has authored over 40 books on subjects ranging from philosophy and history to exercise and martial arts, in addition to being an award-winning filmmaker. Little is a contributor to Salon.com, the Toronto Star, and has been interviewed by CNN, Canada AM, NPR, A&E, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and the Family Channel. He resides in Bracebridge, Ontario, with his wife, Terri, and children Riley, Taylor, Brandon, and Ben.

“John Little has once again taken a great Canadian mystery and given it fresh life and new insights. He did it with Tom Thomson, and now he has done it with the infamous Donnelly murders. This is investigative journalism as good as it gets.” — Roy MacGregor, OC, author of Canadians: Portrait of a Country and Its People

“True crime fanatics will relish Little’s vivid and inspired storytelling.” — Library Journal

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