Bethune: The Only Person Alive in the World

John Passfield

Canadian doctor Norman Bethune's social conscience takes him on a journey through the Canada of the Great Depression, the Spain of the Spanish Civil War, and the China of the Chinese Civil War and Japanese invasion. 

2017, paperback, 158 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95


Job: The Cornerstone of the Universe

John Passfield

Devastated by the loss of his family, Job cries out to the heavens. Why has God forsaken him? Why is the universe so flawed? His agony has given him the questions. He insists on hearing the answers from the mouth of God.

2017, paperback, 144 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95


Terry Fox: Somewhere the Hurting Must Stop

John Passfield

A one-legged boy, Terry Fox, has set himself the task of running a marathon a day across the length of Canada, the second largest country in the world, in aid of cancer research because the children are crying with pain in the cancer wards and somewhere the hurting must stop.

2019, paperback, 160 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95


Southwestern Ontario author John Passfield has embarked on a project to explore the concepts of form and meaning in the novel, as well as the place of the novel as a form of expression in the 21st century. The books below are recent entries in that project. All of the accompanying journals and notebooks are available for free download on the author's website at

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Lord and Lady Macbeth: Full of Scorpions Is My Mind

John Passfield

Lord and Lady Macbeth are being stung, not by scorpions, but by imagery, the medium by which human beings think at the deepest levels. And the kingdom which they seek to conquer and control is not just Scotland, but the kingdom of the mind. Imagery enlightens, but it also obscures; imagery is loyal, but it also betrays; imagery is visible on the surface, but manifests itself at hidden depths. Their mutual struggle -- to live in prose while thinking in imagery -- affects the two Macbeths in different ways.

2019, paperback, 160 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95