Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize Finalist

What Disturbs Our Blood

James FitzGerald
What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past

Random House Canada

James Fitzgerald

About the Book

Dr. John Gerald FitzGerald, like his friends Frederick Banting and Charles Best, was a Canadian hero. He founded Connaught Labs, saved untold lives by developing vaccines, and transformed the Canadian system of public health, yet his legacy has been all but erased. Two generations later, his grandson James FtizGerald explores the multi-generational battle with depression and mental illness that casts a shadow over his family.

About the Author

James FitzGerald is a journalist and author whose first book, Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and mores of Canada's ruling class. The article that sparked What Disturbs Our Blood won a National Magazine Award. FitzGerald lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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