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Pauline Holdstock

Pauline Holdstock

Pauline Holdstock, originally from England, came to Canada in 1974. She writes novels, short fiction and essays. Her books have been published in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany, as well as in Canada, where her work has been featured on CBC radio and named a finalist for the Giller prize. Her fiction has been anthologized in both Canada and the U.K.. Pauline also writes essays and book reviews. Her non-fiction has appeared in national newspapers and has been broadcast on CBC radio. She has taught creative writing at the Victoria School of Writing and at the University of Victoria and served on the faculty of the Wired Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts.



The Hunter and The Wild Girl. Goose Lane Editions, 2015
Into The Heart of the Country. HarperCollins Canada, 2011
Beyond Measure (A Rare and Curious Gift: US/AUS title). Cormorant Books, 2004; New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2005.
Mortal Distractions. Thistledown Press, 2004.
The Blackbird's Song. Cormorant Books, 2006
The Turning. New Star Books, 1996.
Swimming from the Flames. Turnstone Press, 1995.
The Burial Ground. New Star Books, 1990; Germany: Baum Publications, 1992.
House. Beach Holme, 1996
Here I Am!. Biblioasis, 2019


The Malahat Novella Contest for The World of Light In Which We Live, 2006.
The Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction (BC Book Prize) for Beyond Measure, 2005.
Regional Finalist, The Commonwealth Writers Prize. for Beyond Measure, 2004/5
Finalist, The Giller Prize for Beyond Measure, 2004.
Federation of BC Writers Literary Rites Prize for Danny, Is That You?, 2002.
The Prairie Fire Personal Journalism Prize for Ship of Fools, 2000
Finalist WH Smith Best First Novel Award for The Blackbird's Song (Simon&Pierre), 1988
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for The Hunter and the Wild Girl, 2016
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: