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Written by: Sherrill Grace
Narrated by: Mary Wall
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Publisher's Summary

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada’s foremost writers - an award-winning novelist, playwright and short-story writer who began his career as an actor in London, England. Findley was instrumental in the development of Canadian literature and publishing in the 1970s and '80s.

During those years, he became a vocal advocate for human rights and the anti-war movement. His writing and interviews reveal a man concerned with the state of the world, a man who believed in the importance of not giving in to despair, despite his constant struggle with depression. Findley believed in the power of imagination and creativity to save us.

Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley is the first full biography of this eminent Canadian writer. Sherrill Grace provides insight into Findley’s life and struggles through an exploration of his private journals and his relationships with family, his beloved partner, Bill Whitehead, and his close friends, including Alec Guinness, William Hutt and Margaret Laurence. Based on many interviews and exhaustive archival research, this biography explores Findley’s life and work, the issues that consumed him and his often profound depression over the evils of the 20th-century. Shining through his darkness are Findley’s generous humour, his unforgettable characters and his hope for the future. These qualities inform canonic works like The Wars (1977), Famous Last Words (1981), Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984), and The Piano Man’s Daughter (1995).

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What the critics say

"A meticulously researched deep dive into a troubled and fascinating life - passionate, engaged, often messy, vastly rewarding." (Margaret Atwood, Twitter, 17th June 2020)

"[S]uperb.... Written with great sensitivity and attention to detail, Grace’s comprehensive biography succeeds in giving a complete picture of its subject as an individual and an artist." (Publishers Weekly, 22nd June 2020) 

“I was first drawn to Timothy Findley as a brilliant novelist, but over time I was privileged to know the man behind the novels. Despite a writer’s need for solitude, he was extraordinarily generous with his time and insight, and had a true talent for friendship and mentorship, qualities that shine through in this remarkable biography. Taking a cue from Tiff himself, Sherrill Grace never allows her meticulous research to overshadow the story of an extraordinarily engrossing, multi-faceted life.” (Sylvia Tyson, singer/songwriter, author of Joyner's Dream

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