|Description: 1954 first edition book, "Variable Winds at Jalna" by Mazo de la Roche. Green hard-backed book bound in book cloth with an imprint of two white oak leaves and acorns in the centre of the front board. The title, author's surname and publisher are printed in gold capitals on the spine. The book contains 359 pages of text. There is a title page preceded by a page inserted between end pages and title page. This page has a title and on the reverse a list of 14 books by Mazo de la Roche in the Jalna series and 8 other publications. The reverse side of the title page has copyright information with the date 1954 and the information at the bottom of the page that the book was printed in the U.S.A. The next page has a dedication: "For John and Hilda Hope in friendship". The following page has the contents with chapter number I to XXIII, all chapters with titles. Another page with a title and on the reverse, a page containing the Whiteoaks Family Tree. The text begins on page 3. The front pastedown is marked "F12F/395"; On the flyleaf is: "Fern Henderson 430 Douglas Ave".
History: In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel "Jalna" won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by "Atlantic Monthly", which provided her with recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, "Jalna". Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the Whiteoaks of "Jalna". Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, "de la Roche, Mazo" Canadian Encyclopaedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.