Darwin’s Moving introduces readers to the colourful characters who populate the furniture moving trade, a male-dominated world of labour with relatively high pay and no need for education of any sort. Movers have a unique window into the private spaces of the city as they perform their difficult and delicate job inside all manner of homes, from government-subsidized housing developments to multi-million dollar McMansions.
Taylor Lambert intriguingly explores class and work in a city that would rather focus on the wealth and prosperity brought to it by the oil and gas industry. Darwin’s Moving shows us the Other Calgary, a world populated by transient men and women struggling to survive in a boomtown’s shadow.
Darwin’s Moving takes us behind the scenes of a business that is almost completely undocumented in Canadian literature.
Praise for Darwin's Moving"...the collision of rich and poor is made starkly evident."~ Quill & Quire"...an illuminating trip to a realm of which we’re only dimly aware. Bonus: You’ll learn how to pack a van good and tight."~ Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star"Darwin's Moving is about Calgary but it's a larger story, too, about the ways Darwin's Moving is not unique, about class and the often-transient men tasked with moving our homes."~ Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail"Lambert has shed light on a corner of the Canadian working world few even think about. The ghost of Orwell approves."~ Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press"You’ll never look at a moving truck the same way again."~ Steven Sandor, Avenue Edmonton