Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home -- the remote wilderness of Muskoka -- he crafted yet ather persona for himself. In Ather Country, Ather Life, his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs' covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
J. Patrick Boyer is a constitutional lawyer, political science professor, veteran of the House of Commons, broadcast and print journalist, and author of some twenty books on Canadian history, law, politics, and governance. Able to draw on a lifetime of research and engagement with democratic institutions in Canada and around the world, Boyer is frequently sought out by various news media for comment on Canadian public affairs. Patrick and his wife Elise live in Muskoka and Toronto.