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Linden MacIntyre 2009

Prior to 2009, Linden MacIntyre was arguably best known for being a veteran CBC investigative reporter and show host. But after this one evening, he could add national literary award-winning author to his resumé.

MacIntyre had published non-fiction books and a previous novel before The Bishop's Man, which deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, won the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

He expressed surprise at winning, saying "It's just a huge honour to be here."

The compelling story centres around an idealistic priest who finds himself in a personal crisis after continually dealing with Church corruption.

The jury called MacIntyre's book "a brave novel, conceived and written with impressive delicacy and understanding." 

In this audio clip, MacIntyre stops by The Sunday Edition studios to reflect on his big win and to discuss the inspiration behind The Bishop's Man.

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2009 Shortlist:

Linden MacIntyre - The Bishop's Man
Kim Echlin - The Disappeared
Annabel Lyon - The Golden Mean
Colin McAdam - Fall
Anne Michaels - The Winter Vault

Photo: CP
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