The Trail of Ebenezer Le Page
This trail is laid out in a suggested sequence – but as it balances the fictional with the real life story – the sequence is neither chronological nor in the sequence of the book. Travelling by car it should be possible to cover most of the locations in a day but be prepared to become absorbed exploring and enjoying each area and finding it takes rather longer. As with any Guernsey outing, it is advisable to equip yourself with the latest edition of Perry’s Guide map.
The trail begins at Chouet (at Les Moulins) progresses to Oatlands village, Hawkesbury, passes Haute Capelles school and The Bridge, Juas Quarry, Bordeaux Harbour, Castel farm, Fort Grey and onto Pleinmont Point with many other stops along the way.
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a fictional autobiography of a Guernseyman, looking back on his life and the changes that the 20th century had inflicted on his beloved island. It follows the story of various family members including his cousin Raymond and Horace Martle, their feuding mothers Hetty and Prissy and his long on-off relationship with Liza Queripel. It also casts a number of real-life characters in minor roles, including his friend Clarrie Bellot, the cobbler.
by Stephen Foote
Blue Ormer Press