Guy Vanderhaeghe
The Englishman’s Boy


The Englishman's Boy by Guy VanderhaegheThe Englishman’s Boy brilliantly links Hollywood in the 1920s to one of the bloodiest, most brutal events of the nineteenth-century Canadian West—the Cypress Hills Massacre. Vanderhaeghe’s rendering of the stark, dramatic beauty of the western landscape and of Hollywood in its most extravagant era—with its visionaries, celebrities, and dreamers—provides vivid background for scenes of action, adventure, and intrigue. Richly textured, evocative of time and place, this is an unforgettable novel about power, greed, and the pull of dreams that has at its centre the haunting story of a young drifter—“the Englishman’s boy”—whose fate, ultimately, is a tragic one.

Praise for Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman’s Boy:

National Bestseller
Over 150,000 copies sold
Winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist
Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction
Winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards for Best Novel and for
Book of the Year
The Giller Prize Finalist
Canada Reads Winner 2004
Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Nominee

“A stunning performance. Hugely enjoyable. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Mordecai Richler

“This book is a great accomplishment. Readers, I think, will find it irresistible.” —Richard Ford

“It is a wonder and a glory—written by a man who has plundered the language for all its treasures. The story of the Englishman’s boy and his journey into hell and back is absolutely riveting.” —Timothy Findley

The Englishman’s Boy is one of the finest historical novels ever written by a Canadian, an impossible-to-put-down adventure story that also packs some keen insights into the way civilization works.” —Maclean’s

“Characters and landscapes are inscribed on the mind’s eye in language both startling and lustrous.” —The Globe and Mail

“Bristles with rare vitality…it is hard not to admire the skill with which Vanderhaeghe dramatises two quite different worlds.” —Sunday Telegraph

“There isn’t a dull moment.” —Toronto Sun

“A strong, hard novel…Vanderhaeghe is a fine writer.” —Sunday Times

“The canvas is broad, the writing is vivid, and the two story-lines are deftly interwoven to contrast cinematic ‘truth’ with history as it happened. An intense and original piece of writing.” —The Bookseller (UK)

“The Great Canadian Western.” —Canadian Forum

“A vital and important novel with a bitterly coruscating message at its heart. Read it now.” —Edmonton Journal

“Vanderhaeghe succeeds at a daring act: he juggles style and stories with theskill of a master.” —Financial Post

“Thematically, this is a big book, an important book, about history and truth, brutality and lies.” —The Georgia Straight

“A fine piece of storytelling, which, like all serious works of literature, as it tells its tale connects us to timeless human themes.” —Winnipeg Sun

“A compelling read.” —Halifax Daily News

“Vanderhaeghe shows himself to be as fine a stylist as there is
writing today.” —Ottawa Citizen

Length: 333 pp
Setting: 1920s Hollywood; 19th century Canadian and American West
Period: post-American Civil War; historical

Bengali rights, Book Club
Bulgarian rights, Perseus Publishing House
Canadian rights, McClelland & Stewart
Chinese rights, Chongquing Publishing House
French rights, Editions Albin Michel
Greek rights, Kedros Publishers
Italian rights, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore
UK rights, Little Brown
US rights, Picador
Film rights, Minds Eye Entertainment

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.

Photo Credit: Margaret Vanderhaeghe
  Vanderhaeghe’s first book, Man Descending, was published in 1982 and won the Governor General’s Award and the Faber Prize in the UK. He has been nominated for many major prizes in Canada and Europe. Guy Vanderhaeghe lives in Saskatchewan, where he is a Visiting Professor of English at Saint Thomas More College.


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