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Timothy Findley on his novel The Wars

The Story

Timothy Findley's 1977 novel The Wars tells the story of the impact of the First World War on one Toronto family. In this interview, Findley talks CBC radio host Don Harron about growing up in a family of storytellers who spoke of the war and its consequences, and of drawing from the letters of his uncle, who served in the war, for the book's graphic depictions of daily life in the trenches.  

Broadcast Medium: Radio
Program: Don Harron's Morningside
Host: Don Harron
Guest: Timothy Findley
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1977
Duration: 11:44
Photo Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada 1964-114 NPC Canadian Engineer with mule, Sept. 1918

Did You know?

• The novel was made into a feature film in 1983.  It was directed by Robin Phillips and starred Brent Carver as Robert Ross.

• Findley won the Governor General's Award for English fiction for The Wars in 1977.



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