Ida Linehan Young hosts over 500 people at a record-breaking book launch in NL

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A view of the road leading up to the North Harbour Community Centre as well-wishers arrive to help Ida Linehan Young celebrate the launch of her new memoir, published by Creative Book Publishing.

So many people came out to celebrate the launch of Ida Linehan Young’s new memoir, No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy, that the road leading up to North Harbour Community Centre nearly transformed into a parking lot last Sunday night. This intimate community on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is the setting of the book, which chronicles how a tragic house fire changed the Linehan family, and the community, forever.

No Turning Back Ida Linehan YoungOn June 19, 1980, Linehan Young lost five siblings in the fire, and suffered severe burns that almost took her life. After months of treatment and physical recovery, she was released from hospital to face the reality that her family had been ripped in half. In straightforward prose and an open-hearted manner, Linehan Young paints a series of vivid, haunting pictures as she recounts a remarkable story. In her book, she speaks often of the incredible support her community offered to her and her family as they struggled to find a “new normal.”

That support was more than evident at the book launch, with over 500 people traveling to this small community to attend the event. Record-breaking book sales of 852 copies left the author speechless and overwhelmed, as she signed books for more than four hours. Her friends and family provided food and music for the afternoon, hosting a true Newfoundland kitchen party.

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New author Ida Linehan Young was overwhelmed by the out pouring of support she received at her book signing.

Linehan Young is donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to the Atlantic Burn Camp in Cape Breton, NS, which played a huge part in her healing 27 years after the tragic fire. Donations totaling $900 were collected at the launch, which is enough to send two campers to Nova Scotia in 2015.

No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy is available in bookstores, online through Amazon and Indigo, and through the publisher’s website at

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Kim Hart Macneill is a journalist and magazine editor whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Business, and East Coast Living. She divides her time between Halifax and Moncton.

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  • This is a true a a story of her life after the fire & what she went trough . You will get a lot of answer from question you have always wondered about . It’s a wonderful book & I am delighted to say I have read it because the story involves the rest of the family , I am her broth
    Congrats Larry

  • I was there it was overwhelming to say the least, I am so happy that so many showed up to support Ida and The Linehan Family, a wonderful family, who deserve all the best in life.. It was an awesome day even tho the heavens opened up and poured on us it did not dampen anyone’s spirits. It was awesome… Books are still being requested and bought.. Thats marvellous !!!!

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