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Previous Winners

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner


by Will Ferguson

419 is a provocative tale of an email scam and a woman who sets out on a wide-ranging search for those she believes responsible for her father's death.

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2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Half-Blood Blues

by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues is the story of four jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied Paris, and moves between 1940s Paris, where the group is trying to record an album, and 1992 Poland, where elderly bassist Sid is tracking down an old friend.

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2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

The Sentimentalists

by Johanna Skibsrud

The Sentimentalists tells the story of the daughter of a rootless Vietnam vet who wants to get to know her father in his final years.

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2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

The Bishop's Man

by Linden MacIntyre

The Bishop's Man is about "a priest who goes into the business idealistically, who realizes that priests also have feet of clay, and it leads him to a personal crisis," according to the author.

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2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Through Black Spruce

by Joseph Boyden

A contemporary tale following a Cree woman's search for her missing sister, as well as an account of how drugs and violence plague life on a Northern Ontario reserve.

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2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Late Nights on Air

by Elizabeth Hay

Late Nights on Air is a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic tale centred on a cast of characters at a small radio station in the Canadian North.

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2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

by Vincent Lam

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures is about medical students and young doctors, a world Lam was immersed in when he started writing the book, a year after finishing his residency.

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2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

The Time in Between

by David Bergen

A Vietnam war veteran returns to the once war-torn country nearly three decades later. When his children travel to Vietnam to find him, long-kept secrets are finally uncovered.

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2004 Giller Prize Winner


by Alice Munro

One of Munro's most critically acclaimed collection of short stories about love, family and the complexity of relationships.

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2003 Giller Prize Winner

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

by M.G. Vassanji

Vassanji's second Giller Prize-winning work sheds light on the racial tension in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion of the mid-1950s.

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2002 Giller Prize Winner

The Polished Hoe

by Austin Clarke

This exploration of racial politics and culture is set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in 1952 and told over the course of 24 hours in the life of one elderly female villager.

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2001 Giller Prize Winner

Clara Callan

by Richard B. Wright

Clara Callan tells the story of two sisters whose lives take very different paths. The jury said Wright is "a master at revealing the small dramas that unfold in what might appear to others as an unremarkable life."

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2000 Giller Prize Co-Winner

Anil's Ghost

by Michael Ondaatje

A woman, born in civil war-ravaged Sri Lanka but educated in the West, returns to her homeland after many years to investigate suspected mass political murders.

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2000 Giller Prize Co-Winner

Mercy Among the Children

by David Adams Richards

A man living in a rural New Brunswick community is haunted by a past childhood incident in which he accidentally pushed a playmate off a building's roof.

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1999 Giller Prize Winner

A Good House

by Bonnie Burnard

Bill Chambers returns home to his family from the Second World War, injured but hopeful about resuming his life. As the years pass, the family bonds are tested by tragedies and change, but also strengthened by triumphs.

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1998 Giller Prize Winner

The Love of a Good Woman

by Alice Munro

A collection of eight richly layered stories about the lengths people will go to for love.

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1997 Giller Prize Winner

Barney's Version

by Mordecai Richler

A compelling, wild ride through the life of a Montreal man told through his own unique perspective.

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1996 Giller Prize Winner

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

The riveting tale of a 16-year-old housemaid accused in the double murder of her employer and his housekeeper-mistress in 19th-century Toronto. It was based on a real-life 1843 murder.

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1995 Giller Prize Winner

A Fine Balance

by Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance follows four characters through a tumultuous decade in Mumbai.

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1994 Giller Prize Winner

The Book of Secrets

by M.G. Vassanji

The inaugural prize went to this novel that ties together the past and present of a community of Indian immigrants living in East Africa.

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