Clayton Bailey


A Novel

THE EXPEDITION IS the story of a pioneer woman daguerreotypist (early photographer) who disguises herself as a man in order to take part in a transcontinental railway survey. Despite the intimacy of trail life she manages to keep her secret from the crew. However the expedition leader, Captain Masse, becomes suspicious. He soon discovers her identity, and falls in love.

Before he can express his desire, disaster strikes, the party is separated, and the expedition is lost. With her equipment reduced to only a lens and some emulsion, the photographer seeks salvation through art, and with the aid of her Aboriginal rescuers, arrives at a spectacular revelation.

The Expedition is a story of loss and the recovery of magic, and the eternal capacity of nature to expose the intricacies of the human soul.

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  • FINALIST for the 2004 Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year Award
  • FINALIST for the Quebec Writers Federation’s 2004 McAuslan First Book Prize

“What a pleasure it is to encounter a novel that has everything going for it. The language is in Technicolor, the characters leap from the page, the story is totally engaging.” — W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada

“It’s a heartrending, breathtaking, thought-provoking novel of adventure and ideas…” — Globe and Mail

“Violent, wrenching and transporting, it takes you and drops you smack-dab in the middle of the 19th century. Perfect for lovers of historical and Canadian fiction.” — Calgary Herald

“…an epic adventure tale, full of love beyond sex and tribe, extravagant descriptions of nature, and exhilarating rides.” — Quill & Quire



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Weight 0.295 kg

About the Author

Clayton Bailey

Originally from Marquette, Manitoba, Clayton Bailey has travelled the world as a photographer and filmographer. His short fiction has appeared in the anthology Frontier: Custom & Archetype, IRON and The Indiana Review. His feature articles have appeared in the Manchester Guardian Weekly. He currently teaches 16mm film production at Université de Montréal.