I've been writing books since 1984. My first, Through a Canadian Periscope, took eleven years from concept to launch. My subsequent titles have appeared more quickly as I learned to research and write faster. The titles below were commercially published in print, three of which also electronically. I'm immensely proud of each one and delighted that my first two have been re-released in 2014.
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium is a book for everyone who is interested in naval history. It begins where the successful Through a Canadian Periscope ended and tells the story of how Canada nearly lost her submarine service in the 1990s after decades of dedicated duty.
An enjoyable read, Deeply Canadian explains why Canada selected used conventional submarines for the 21st century and follows the bedeviled VIctoria class acquisition program against the backdrop of our submarine heritage and naval-political history.
Beacon Publishing 2000 and 2014
Print: Out of print
Digital: 2nd edition, Kindle here
The Canadian submarine service has overcome repeated attempts to sink it since 1914. Surprise, controversy, political expediency, and naval manipulation overflow its ninety-five year history. Heroes, eccentrics and ordinary people populate this extraordinary story, epitomizing the true essence of the service.
Through a Canadian Periscope offers a colourful and thoroughly researched acc-ount of Canada's silent service from its unexpected inauguration in British Col-umbia on the first day of the Great War to the present day.
Dundurn 1995 and 2014
Second edition 2014
Digital: Kindle here (best read on tablets)
Sing a New Song: Portraits of Canada's Crusading Bishops
chronicles the impact four ground-breaking bishops had on Canadian society. In thoroughly researched and finely drawn biographies Ferguson examines the contributions of George Hills, David Somerville, Douglas Hambidge, and Michael Ingham while delving with compelling insight into their personal and spiritual lives as they fought for the rights of Blacks, women, aboriginals and gays.
"This is a book for non-religious readers ... about how the Anglican Church has been a force for positive change in Canada...." Rev'd Dr. Richard G. Leggett, VST.
Digital: Kindle here
James Douglas: Father of British Columbia is an adventure story set in pre-Confederation Canada written especially for 15 to 18 year olds. Part-Black and illegitimate, 15 year-old James Douglas sailed alone from Scotland to join the fur trade and later became the first governor of British Columbia. This YA biography weaves through the heart of Canadian history when the BC was a wild land, Vancouver did not exist, and Victoria was a muddy village. Foreword by Stephen Hume.
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2010 (nonfiction - grades 7-12) by Resource Links Magazine.