Oliver's Twist

Oliver's Twist

The Life and Times of An Unapologetic Newshound

eBook - 2011
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As chief parliamentary correspondent for CTV News, Craig Oliver is one of Canada's most recognized and respected journalists, a newsman who has reported on the major political figures and news stories of our times with passion, insight, and bracing candour.

He brings those same qualities to this many-layered memoir of an extraordinary professional and personal life. The only child of two alcoholics, he spent his childhood and adolescence in the homes of strangers. A chance summer job with the local CBC station launched his broadcasting career, taking Oliver from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Ottawa, Washington, and Central America. He witnessed up close the follies, foibles and occasional brilliance of the men and women who shaped our history over four decades.

At the same time, Oliver pursued a personal passion for Canada's wilderness rivers. For 30 years, he and a close company of companions--all political and media figures, from Tim Kotcheff and John Macfarlane to Eddie Goldenberg and Pierre Trudeau--paddled some of the remotest waters in western and northern Canada.

Most surprising is the revelation that this comfortable television performer has been legally blind for a decade.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780143185826
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Aug 27, 2015

This is a surprisingly entertaining, thoughtful and insightful book, revealing much about the realities of a broadcast journalist's life along with an intriguing glimpse into the lives and personalities of numerous public figures. Most engaging were the chapters recounting Oliver's thirty or so canoeing trips along most of canada's great northern rivers, from the maritimes to the high arctic, in company with fellow adventureers including Pierre Trudeau, Peter Stollery, John Godfrey, Robert Fowler and a dozen other well-known figures. Oliver's frankness regarding his own peculiar personality and his troubled family life is refreshing. His obvious deep respect for most of the politicians to whom he often directed sharply barbed questions shines through, even while addressing their shortcomings.

Aug 23, 2014

Extremely interesting book especially when you know most of the characters.

Jan 16, 2013

A truly delightful book, filled with humour, adventure and respectful insights into the lives of people we, in Ottawa, see and read about every day.

Cdnbookworm Dec 21, 2011

As the chief political reporter for CTV news, Craig Oliver is well known to many Canadians. This memoir covers his life thus far, from his childhood running wild in Prince Rupert through his early reporting days with CBC to his present role.
He chronicles his difficult childhood, talking about both parents who were alcoholics. It was in Prince Rupert that he first started his journalistic career, working for the small CBC radio station there. He moved next to the Prairies and on to Toronto and Ottawa. We see how he moved from the CBC to CTV when it was first starting up and the role he played in its early days.
He talks about his stint in Washington, how he found a way to gain information from the political players there and his travels covering U.S. roles in other countries.
Throughout his career, we see the development of relationships between other news people and between Oliver and the political players of the times. He talks about the different styles of the various politicians and his relationship with them.
In addition, Oliver also includes his passion for canoeing northern rivers and his experiences as he made longterm friendships with the men he shared this passion with. This addition really brought out the personal in the story and he includes a trip he made with his son. He also talks about his love for horse riding as a youth and how he rediscovered this joy later in life. Another personal chapter talks about his loss of vision and how he came to terms with the dependency on others he was forced to learn.
A very interesting memoir covering many decades of politics in our country and opening the doors to a very interesting life.

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