All Gone Widdun

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All Gone Widdun (Breakwater Books 1999) is a novel about Shawnawdithit, the last known Beothuk Indian in Newfoundland, the tragedy of her life and the lives of her people, and William Cormack’s quest to save them from extinction. Told in the alternating voices of Shawnawdithit and Cormack, the novel is a heart-breaking glimpse into a critical period in Newfoundland’s history.

Winner of the 1999 Book Achievement Award:

First Place Fiction, from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, May 2000.


Available from:,, and Chapters Indigo

and Happenstance Books & Yarns, Lakefield, ON (705-652-7535)


Excerpts from reviews of All Gone Widdun:

“[T]his richly imagined, beautifully structured novel … All Gone Widdun‘s portrait of sanctioned inhumanity is near brilliant … a captivating story, very well told.”
Jim Bartley, The Globe & Mail

All Gone Widdun is a very powerful, well-written novel which truly brings alive the character of Shawnawdithit … This novel will provide many hours of reading enjoyment and at the same time highlight one of the saddest chapters in our history.”
Mike McCarthy, The Evening Telegram

“Beckel offers us a new world and new insights into the human heart. It’s a beautiful story, beautifully rendered.”
Marshall Cook, The Creativity Connection

“In this novel, Annamarie Beckel has created a strong and believable Shawnawdithit, a complex and conflicted Cormack and a narrative that will engage the reader while adding one more layer to the Beothuk story.”

Trudy Morgan Cole, Compulsive Overreader <>


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