Pluck & Luck: The Tragedies and Triumphs of a Free Canadian by Island-based author Harvey Sawler is the authorized biography of Toronto-born impresario, promoter, salesman, and thoroughbred horseman John Uren.
Pluck and luck. Do and dare. Risk and reward. Work and win. And lose. Uren’s life was a theatrical production of drama and comedy, heroes and heroines, songs and soliloquies. He was the Forrest Gump of Canada—manically on the move, unexpectedly at the happenings and constantly in the company of a celebrity, from sporting greats, to Joni Mitchell, to Marlene Dietrich, to Shakespearean stars. And always in the background, a symphony of tragedy that shattered his upper-middle-class family, in endless rivalry with a life-defining melody and accompanying lyrics: life is no abyss…somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness.
John Uren worked in public relations at the Charlottetown Festival in the mid 1970s.
Pluck & Luck: The Tragedies and Triumphs of a Free Canadian is available at burnstownpublishing.com.