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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-4602-2199-0
    • 6 x 9 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 328 pages
  • Keywords
    • Memoir -personal,
    • Canada’s North,
    • Humor,
    • Adventure,
    • Inspiration,
    • Travel,
    • Aboriginal Culture and Traditions

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Awakening in the Northwest Territories
One man's search for fulfilment
by Alastair Henry

Awakening in the Northwest Territories is an inspirational, humorous and absorbing account of one Boomer’s transformative life journey over a sixty year period. Follow Alastair’s story from his strict Catholic upbringing in England to Canada by himself at the age of 19 in search of love and adventure, where he quickly acquires a family, and over the next twenty years, climbs the corporate ladder and builds up a flourishing business, all of which subsequently go sour. He takes an early retirement and goes to live in the country in an idyllic retreat, but after a year, he feels unfulfilled and senses that there is much more to life than just being “comfortable.” Making a conscious decision to live the examined life, and having bought unquestioningly into consumerist society for so long, he chooses to go in a new direction by living with a small band of First Nations people in a remote fly-in community in the Northwest Territories. Cultural differences and a challenging environment ignite fresh perspectives, inspire a new way of life, and fuel his soul-searching.

“Too often biographies make depressing reading. The young firebrand becomes the old reactionary and the brightest young thing dims into the dullest of embers. It is refreshing, therefore, to read a life that does not follow this dispiriting trajectory. Writing with great frankness and understanding, the author puts no gloss on anything and is painfully honest about his origins and mistakes. The memoir is a fascinating read that carries the reader along, wanting to know what happens next: the interest never flags.” Dr. Anthony Heyes. Retired lecturer, book reviewer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Awakening in the Northwest Territories, is my first published work. I am penning two other books for Boomers: one on International Volunteering and one on Budget Back Packing, for publication in 2014. For the last ten years I have been an International Development volunteer in Asia, India, South America and the Caribbean, and I now reside in Southern Ontario. Thank you for reading my memoir. If you enjoyed it, please consider writing a book review and posting it on or at


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