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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Audio Books That I Have Listened to While Quilting and Knitting

Audio Books
  • Katherine by Anya Seton. 
  • Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier. 
  • Illuminations by Mary Sharrat. 
  • Prospero's  Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez. 
  • The Great Seige by Ernie Bradford. 
  • Barkskins by Anne Proulx.
  • Americanah by .
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Oh so syrupy.
  • Girl on a Train by A.J. Waines. Very bad, aborted, thought it was the bestseller"..on the ..".
  • Podcasts! especially any by John Dalton and Wil Anderson.
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth.
  • Isaac Newton by James Gleick.
  • Film, streamed on Hoopla, David Hockney: A Bigger Picture.
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
  • The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White.
  • What Maisie Knew by Henry James.
  • Texas Heat by Fern Michaels. Abandoned, absolute soap opera drivel.
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World. "The Great Courses". Robert Garland. Abandoned, terrible presenter.
  • The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter.
  • Five Families by Selwyn Raab.
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark.
  • The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony.
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara.
  • Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
  • The Taste of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.
  • Too Good to be True: The rise and fall of Bernie Madoff by Erin Arvedlund.
  • My Antonia by Will Cather.
  • The Aspern Papers by Henry James.
  • The Europeans by Henry James.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
  • The Apprentices by Maile Meloy.
  • Babayaga by Toby Barlow.
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami.
  • MacArthur's War by Bevin Alexander.
  • Roma by Steven Saylor.
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf by C. J. Sansom.
  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936 to 1945 by John Toland.
  • My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozecki.
  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert MacFarlane.
  • The Crusades by Zoé Oldenbourg.
  • Gut Balance Revolution by Gerard Mullin.
  • Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantaram_(novel).
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes.
  • The Last Days of the Incas by Kim McQuarrie.
  • Starship Trooper by Robert Heinlen.
  • Napoleon by Andrew Roberts.
  • Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson.
  • Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.
  • The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry.
  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.
  • Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert.
  • Vietnam by Stanley Karnow.
  • The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence.
  • Peter the Great by Robert Massie.
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.
  • The Lost Island by Douglas Preston.
  • Almost Famous by Megan Mayhew Bergman.
  • Angel Landing by Alice Hoffman.
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman.
  • The Bone Seeker by M. J McGrath.
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead.
  • The Normans: From Raider to Kings by Lars Brownworth.
  • A Long Line of Dead Men by Lawrence Block.
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.
  • Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson.
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma.
  • The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer.
  • Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.
  • Starship Trooper by Robert Heinlen.
  • The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry.
  • Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley.
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman.
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.
  • The Churchills by Mary S. Lovell.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer.
  • A bunch of Georgette Heyer books on Hoopla . . . 
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
  • The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope.
  • The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope.
  • Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope.
  • The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope.
  • Phineas Phin by Anthony Trollope.
  • Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope.
  • American Caesar (biography of Douglas MacArthur) by William Manchester.
  • Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez.
  • Defender of the Realm, 1940 - 1965: William Churchill. William Manchester and Paul Reid.
  • Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich.
  • All That Is by James Salter.
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
  • Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.
  • And Sons by David Gilbert.
  • Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens.
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
  • Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson.
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.
  • Paris by Edward Rutherford.
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.
  • When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson.
  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy.
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
  • Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig.
  • The Pale Criminal Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr.
  • A German Requiem by Philip Kerr.
  • March Violets by Philip Kerr.
  • Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (a "great course", not so great - did not finish).
  • The Terrorist by Sjowall.
  • Roseanna by Sjowall.
  • Last Car to El.... by James Lee Burke.
  • Crusaders Cross by James Lee Burke.
  • When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson.
  • Left Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson.
  • The Mists of Avalon by - yuck, terrible - I stopped!
  • The Life of Elizabeth by Allison Weir.
  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk.
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London.
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.
  • Churchill by James C. Humes.
  • The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst.
  • On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry.
  • True Believers by Nicholas Sparks.
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller.
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis.
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.
  • A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters.
  • Anathema by Neal Stephenson.
  • The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters.
  • Postwar - A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt and Ralph Cosham.
  • Just My Type by Simon Garfield and Gildart Jackson.
  • Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters.
  • Currency by Neal Stephenson.
  • Solomon's Gold by Neal Stephenson.
  • The Confusion by Neal Stephenson.
  • Odalisque by Neal Stephenson.
  • King of the Vagabonds by Neal Stephenson.
  • Chasing the Devil's Tail by David Fulmer.
  • Wheat Belly by William Davis.
  • Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson.
  • All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen.
  • The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tess Harris.
  • Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
  • Cryptomonicon by Neal Stephenson.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • The Ambassadors by Henry James.
  • The Dancer by Column McCann.
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford.
  • The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty.
  • Some Hope: a Trilogy by Edward St. Aubyn.
  • The Chameleon's Shadow by Minette Walters.
  • The Blue Door by David Fulmer.
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo.
  • Reamde by Neil Stephenson.
  • The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly.
  • Lisbon: War in the Shadows by Neill Lochery.
  • Give Me Back My Legions by Harry Turtledove.
  • Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn.
  • The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope.
  • The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt.
  • The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford.
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
  • Martin Chuzzlewitt by Charles Dickens.
  • A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark.
  • Paris 1919 by Margaret Mitchell.
  • Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro.
  • On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry.
  • Family Album by Penelope Lively.
  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd.

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