Born in Croydon, Surrey, England in 1945, Rosemary Neering has written more than 20 history/biography/social studies books and textbooks for children and teens since 1973, plus award-winning titles for the adult market, since her arrival in Canada on July 1, 1947. She came to British Columbia in September of 1965. She has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981; President, Periodical Writers Association of Canada, 1991-92; and creator co-chair, CanCopy (Access Copyright), 1999-2001. Having previously written about courageous and unconventional women and explorers, Neering has also looked appreciatively at the contributions of homemakers in The Canadian Housewife: An Affecionate History. She lives in Victoria with her husband, Joe Thompson.

Employment other than freelance writing: reporter at various newspapers in
late 1960s; associate editor, Beautiful British Columbia magazine, 1975-79;
visiting lecturer, department of Creative Writing, University of Victoria,

Literary Awards

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, 1992, Down the Road;
VanCity Book Award, 2001, Wild West Women;

Evans Prize, 2001; Booksellers' Choice Award, 1989 and 2001.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Faces of British Columbia: Looking at the Past, 1860-1960


The Spanish on the Northwest Coast: For Glory, God and Gain (Heritage House 2014) $9.95
Smugglers of the West (Heritage House 2011) $9.95 978-1-92693-691-8
Government House: The Ceremonial Home of All British Columbians (Sono Nis 2007) $39.95; 978-1-55039-159-6. Photographs by Tony Owen.
The Canadian Housewife: An Affecionate History (Whitecap, 2006);
Eating Up Vancouver Island. Whitecap Books, 2003;
The New Victoria Walking Guide. Whitecap Books, 2001;
Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels. Whitecap Books, 2000;
Over Canada: An Aerial Adventure. Over Canada Productions/Beautiful British Columbia, 1999 (co-author);
Facing Changes, Finding Freedom: Canadian Women at Midlife. Whitecap
Books, 1996 (co-author.)
Backroading Vancouver Island. Whitecap Books, 1996.
Faces of British Columbia: Looking at the Past 1860-1960. Whitecap Books, 1995.
A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia. Whitecap Books, 1993. (Revised; 2002.).
In the Path of the Explorers: Tracing the Expeditions of Vancouver, Cook,
Mackenzie, Fraser and Thompson. Whitecap Books, 1992.
Down the Road: Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia. Whitecap Books, 1991.
The Coast of British Columbia. Whitecap Books, 1989.
Continental Dash: The Russian-American Telegraph. Horsdal and Schubart Publishers Ltd., 1989.
The Canadians series (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd.): W.A.C.
Bennett (1981), Louis Riel (1977/1992/1999), Emily Carr (1975/1999).

[BCBW 2011] "Women" "VanCity"