Robert W Service A Sourdough's Quest

Charlotte Service-Longépé

ISBN 9782955543740

Biographical Novel, Illustrated

508 pages, 5.8×8.3 inches, 2021



Driven by wanderlust, a twenty-two-year-old Scot embarks for Canada in 1896. Along the journey led by a diversity of jobs, from ploughman to bank clerk, from hobo to poet, the young man goes from happy to painful experiences while enjoying the sweet breath of freedom and love of Nature.

In the wild Yukon, it’s not the gold nuggets of the Gold Rush that twinkle in his eyes, but rather the brainwave to discover the source of his first literary successes.

Illustrated with photographs, maps and drawings, this novel is taking the reader in a kind of travel diary following the thrilling life quest of a man looking to find his destiny. A biography lively penned thanks to the dedication of his great-granddaughter Charlotte Service-Longépé.


Robert W Service Best Quotes & Inspiring Rhymes

Charlotte Service-Longépé

ISBN 9782955543733

Poetry Illustrated

225 pages, 5.8×8.3 inches, 2020



This anthology proposes a selection of some 260 extracts of Robert W. Service best poems and quotes collected by thematics – freedom, love, work, success, nature, happiness – everyday concerns as well as philosophical quests arising in our life; a timeless source of inspiration and wisdom which are still moving people everyday as explained touchingly by some of his admirers. Including a brief biography, the vigorous, colorful, humorous and sensitive ballads of the most widely read poet of his time are innovatively revived now, thanks to the selection and the illustrations of his great-granddaughter Charlotte Service-Longépé.

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Charlotte LONGÉPÉ


Born a century after her renowned great-grand-father, she spent her childhood in Paris, the seasons being marked by holidays in Lancieux, France, where she developed a deep love for Nature and Poetry.

She completed a Master’s degree of Business Administrations at the International University of Monaco and worked in event planning before turning her efforts to writing.

She dedicated four years of research to study her ancestor’s legacy, acquiring an acute understanding of his work by travelling through Scotland and the Yukon Territory, in order to bring back to life his adventures into a novel (awarded First Prize by the Academy of Provence, 2016). In the meantime, she has been giving lectures, attending book fairs, writing articles and recording videos.

As drawing has been her long lasting passion (watercolours exhibited at Lancieux in 2014 & 2018), she combined her artistic skills in various graphic design projects. She also wrote podcast reviews about art/culture and recorded videos episodes about classic photography.

Concerned with ecological matters, she is now taking a close interest in the future of our environment, especially at Lancieux, a place dear to her. In Monaco, she is involved in arts associations and in charity projects for women's health.


Robert W Service La Piste de l'imaginaire

Charlotte Service-Longépé

ISBN 978-2-89431-503-3

Biographie, Les Éditions JCL, Québec

576 pages, photographies, marque-pages, 2015



Après une enfance indisciplinée en Écosse, Robert William Service décide d’accomplir son rêve d'aventures au Nouveau Monde.

Il débarque à Montréal en 1896 avec cinq dollars en poche, puis traverse le Canada d’est en ouest en compagnie des émigrants venus chercher une vie meilleure dans les grandes plaines. Le jeune homme passe plusieurs années sur l’île de Vancouver, puis il vagabonde pendant deux ans sur la côte Pacifique des États-Unis jusqu’au Mexique et enchaîne de nombreux métiers tels que tunnelier, vacher, cueilleur d’oranges.

En 1904, il découvre avec émerveillement l’univers sauvage du Grand Nord canadien au Yukon et s’installe à Dawson City, dans une cabane à quelques mètres de celle jadis habitée par Jack London pendant la mythique Ruée vers l'Or du Klondike. Les récits d’anciens mineurs ainsi que l’atmosphère particulière du pays au soleil de minuit révèlent la fibre poétique qui sommeillait en lui. Il écrit les poèmes The Shooting of Dan McGrew, The Cremation of Sam McGee publiés en 1907 ainsi que son roman The Trail of ’98 publié en 1910 qui feront sa renommée bien au-delà des frontières du Canada. Quelques années plus tard, sa soif de voyage l'entraîne jusqu’à La Nouvelle-Orléans et à Cuba. En 1911, il parcourt ensuite 3 200 kilomètres sur l’ancienne piste des Yukoners jusqu’à la mer de Beaufort, franchissant le Cercle Arctique jusqu’à Dawson City, où s’arrête la première partie des aventures racontées sous la plume enthousiaste de son arrière-petite-fille.


Biographie romancée écrite à la 1ère personne, lauréate du Prix du Monde Francophone décerné par l'Académie de Provence, 2016.


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