3 Bestsellers, 2 Gold IPPYs & ‘best ever read,’
say our readers.
Do we have eBooks? We sell PDFs on this website … or at your favourite eBook Store.
Lizzie: Lethal Innocence began Robert’s first series, the Lizzie Series and Lizzie was his favourite character, utilizing his own character and some of his own experiences as a young entrepreneur in Yorkshire. By 1970, he had worked all over the world and ended up here in Victoria, BC. In 1994, he began to write and would become one of Victoria’s best-known authors and a 14-year vendor at Bastion Square Market and at other venues since 1999. Robert passed away last summer at the age of 84 and although he wrote about history, many of his friends, fans and readers were quite unaware of his own fascinating history. Read about it in his Biography
To honour his memory and the books he has now left as gifts to the world, his wife, Joyce, has reduced the price of his two popular series (details below)! (An added benefit: All these books are now tax free.) Joyce plans to continue with the business, selling their books through this website! She has also not ruled out publishing a new book or two if there is enough interest and time …
Support Robert’s two favourite characters … Lizzie Short, his early 19th-century first female character who lived in London, England. Robert actually gave Lizzie his own character and utilized some of his own experiences for this series! If you already have a copy of this popular 4-book series, you might like to get a spare copy or two for gifts – as some people get quite motivated by this young lady! Joyce has marked these books down to BELOW HALF PRICE!! Originally sold for $78 … go to Our Store from some of their Facebook Pages or ‘Shop Now‘ links on our Facebook Pages … and you’ll find the 4-Book LIZZIE SERIES is now only $35.
His second female character was Nancy Wilson in the Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, who came to Victoria BC as a 4-year-old in 1900. The Victoria Chronicles HARDCOVER SET is now reduced to only $30 for all 3 hardcover books (originally $93).
This does not affect the price of the Victoria Chronicles Paperback Series which are $60 for the three books. You can order any of our other books at the same time! If you anticipate several people reading your books, hardcovers take a lot more wear and tear than paperbacks.
Consider these Hardcovers to be an excellent gift for any local reader or historical aficionado. Suggestion: Do you know someone who has recently moved to Victoria? They will probably thank you for your referral or gift to help them learn more about their new home.
Local Orders (Updated Jan/18): Order at our Store on this website and have delivered or pick up in Central Saanich. Phone if you have a problem with your order but phone orders are no longer possible. Please leave a voicemail if no answer so we don’t play endless phone tag) or text me 250-857-0840 … or message via Joyce’s or our Author Facebook page. If you are a visitor to Victoria BC, contact Joyce to arrange pick up or delivery ($5 fee). Receiving 2-3 days warning would be preferred. Thanks for your understanding.
A REQUEST: As a special favour to Robert and his memory … Joyce would love it if anyone reading this blurb has read even one of our books to please make him smile … he is looking down on us and hoping I will continue to sell these books, perhaps even write some more, he has two more that haven’t even been edited. Everyone needs encouragement and you gave him plenty of that, well now Joyce can use it! It only takes a few minutes to go to Amazon or Smashwords, OR Goodreads OR any of our many Facebook pages (look up the book title or use one of our Author Pages). We now have a comment form at the end of this page. What could be easier? Ask any questions you have on Facebook. Joyce monitors each of them.
Robert often wondered why it was so difficult for Joyce to persuade their readers to write a short review of his books online. We eventually discovered that many of our readers did not even use computers but what about the rest? Remember, we began in 1998. In those days, many, many people stopped by to tell him that his books were the best they had ever read or they simply just loved his books and had passed them along or gave as a gift or recommended them to friends and family. They often asked when the next book was coming out.
Writing book reviews was a new thing in the 90s and would get more important over the next 15-20 years. And then when they did write a review there were those who misunderstood him or his writing. He was 65 when his first novel, Lizzie, was published and people just fell in love with her. He was having so much fun and had so many ideas taking many of them from his own life. He also knew more than most people know about their own health and he didn’t complain when old mining injuries bothered him. Robert was not a trained writer and he didn’t want to use words that readers had to look up. He did write simple books (by some standards) but thousands loved that style and it certainly helped to sell them. He simply wrote from the heart to fill his time while fighting for his life with staph infection in 1994-98. He was an old-fashioned guy who rarely drank and didn’t often curse throughout his long life. The fact we decided to publish was Joyce’s idea and she wasn’t trained either. We used to say we were the blind leading the blind but Robert’s tenacity led us on and after that, it was our amazingly wonderful fans. The demand got so great he just churned them out as quickly as possible. He said he never even thought of death … until that day the doc told him his past had returned to haunt him. He had spent 22 years in the coal mines from the age of 14 and Black Lung Disease was imminent. His subconscious must have known. He just continued to work through it with all the aches and pains, smiling widely and telling everyone who asked that he was feeling great … after all, he was a farmer’s son!
Shaw TV’s Rajie Kabli speaks with author J. Robert Whittle in 2014,
months before ‘Silent Destiny,’ his last novel was published.
If you miss seeing and hearing him at his bookstand, take a listen,
and enjoy his laugh for a minute even if it brings a tear to your eye.
Robert passed away peacefully in August 2017.
One of Robert’s favourite reader stories … told to him at the market by a woman’s daughter when they moved her mom into a Care Home. “Mother told us not to buy her any more books. She said she had all the books she would ever need for the rest of her life … Robert’s “Victoria Chronicles Trilogy.” She must have read them 30 times and she was still reading before she passed on at 95 years! Her 93-year-old sister quickly took them over, leaving me to wait even longer for my turn!”