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Author of Beyond the Chilcotin visits Williams Lake

Posted: July 3, 2009

The Williams Lake Save-On-Foods (730 Oliver Street) presents a special event with Diana Phillips on Friday, July 10 at 2:00pm-6:00pm. Diana will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her new book, Beyond the Chilcotin: on the Home Ranch with Pan Phillips.

Pioneer Pan Phillips became a beloved Canadian folk hero for his adventures ranching in the remote Chilcotin Region, an area that was as tough to live on as the people who settled there. But if a man had to be tough to survive some of the harshest living in creation, what did his daughter have to be?

Pan Phillips’ youngest daughter, Diana, learned to trap muskrat when she was little more than a toddler, worked with haying crews before she was into her teens and was renowned far and wide as the only person feisty enough to best her legendary father in a slanging match. Certainly a daughter who could live up to her father’s legacy. Diana relives what was surely one of the most extraordinary upbringings in recorded history, recalling the most intricate aspects of life on a pioneer ranch with uncanny detail.

Diana Phillips grew up on an isolated ranch with her famous father, Pan Phillips. Her love of the country and cattle kept her in the same area till 2004, when she sold her ranch and moved to Vanderhoof, BC. She has three sons and ten grandchildren all living in the area and still works in the cattle industry. Phillips began writing Beyond the Chilcotin in 2000; this is her first published work.