That Time of Year
Ian Hunter has taught and practised law and journalism in Canada for 40 years. He taught law at the University of Western Ontario and is the author of biographies of Malcolm Muggeridge, Hesketh Pearson, and Robert Burns. This is the first collection of his columns that have appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail and The National Post. Ian Hunter lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.
“Ian Hunter’s That Time of Year offers what only a collection of short essays can: a galaxy of crisply individual points of light, spiralling into something much larger. For years, Hunter has been our best informed observer in the legal and quasi-legal dimensions of Canada’s descent into the ‘tyranny of the fatuous’ As this book reminds, he was there, monitoring every stage, often in person. But as it also shows, Hunter is no narrow lawyer. He looks consistently beyond the immediate event, and his literary and cultural interests are genuinely broad. He has a memorable prose voice, and the fine whimsy that invariably betokens a sharp poetical mind. The book embodies the very best qualities to which the ‘politically correct’ are allergic, and is never ranting. There is also a background religious striving, which lifts these pieces quite of the time and circumstances that occasioned them. To those who still aspire to civilization, here is something that not only defends, but embodies the wisdom of our Christian heritage. And on top of that, it is entertaining.” ~ David Warren, Canadian columnist, The Ottawa Citizen
“Years back Ian Hunter edited an anthology of Malcolm Muggeridge’s journalism (Things Past) chosen to exhibit Muggeridge’s surpassing prose style and his lifelong pilgrimage in quest of faith. In That Time of Year, Hunter pulls together another long-spanning feast of first rate occasional writings – this time his own – and gloriously proves the same two points about himself.” ~ Herman Goodden, London Free Press