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20 Years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize: A Digital Retrospective

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Austin Clarke 2002
The prolific Austin Clarke put in a lifetime of hard work before his 2002 Giller win, having written five short story collections and nine novels up to that point. But it was his novel The Polished Hoe, a story that offers a 24-hour window into the life of a woman on a postcolonial West Indian island, that topped a very competitive shortlist of veteran authors.

"It is a personal gratifying feeling that something I've written is worthy of such an honourable, auspicious prize," Clarke told the audience upon receiving his trophy and prize money.

We've actually got a recording of his beautiful speech, in which shares some details about his early experiences in his native Barbados before moving to Canada.

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2002 Shortlist:

Austin Clarke - The Polished Hoe
Bill Gaston - Mount Appetite
Wayne Johnston - The Navigator of New York
Lisa Moore - Open
Carol Shields - Unless

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