The Pilhannaw: A Journey into the Wilderness

The Pilhannaw: A Journey into the Wilderness

Book Cover: The Pilhannaw: A Journey into the Wilderness
Editions:Kindle: $ 2.99

by Richard French

Late in his life, a 17th century governor works to free his colony from a blast of witchcraft hysteria

Mid-17th century North America. Simon Willoughby, who has been governor of Sagadac for most of its 19-year existence, takes on the greatest challenge of his life when he decides to thwart a wave of witchcraft hysteria that washes through the colony.

He faces a powerful opponent.. Hugh Ridley, the young, ambitious deputy governor, stirs up people to stand against Willoughby and tries to force him from office because of what he calls his weakness and incompetence.
How does Willoughby respond? Can he defeat his overzealous adversary?

This is the story of how a young, primitive, isolated community decides what it will be and what heritage it will pass to future generations.

"The Pilhannaw" is based on an isolated case of witchcraft in puritan Boston in the mid 17th century.The story affirms one of the age-old tenets of our culture -- that injustice and tyranny may have their time in the sun but right prevails in the long run and new communities develop political maturity.

If you like novels that tie in with our long literary tradition, you’ll appreciate this one set in a time and place that most readers are unfamiliar with.

Buy this book now to read a story from America’s early days that shows a determined leader taking bold steps to solve an urgent problem.


About the Author

Richard French was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of his life. He has written more than a dozen novels now available on kindle and as print on demand paperback from Amazon's CreateSpace. His website is

After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served in the American army for four years with almost three as a Lao linguist. He has dabbled in the theatre and worked in the banking business in the Boston area. In later life, he served as a pastor of a Lutheran Church-Canada congregation in Sudbury, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto and works part-time at a mid-town congregation.

Zack Pospieszynski designed book covers for his novels. Zack is former director of Toronto's Peak Gallery and is now Program Director, at an innovative gallery called Matter.

It's only fair to share...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *