Iain Lawrence


In his extensive array of novels for the young, Lawrence ranges from the realms of early nineteenth century seafarers to a remote, twentieth century lighthouse off B.C.’s north coast; from Cold War rural America to a southern English village at the height of World War I. Lawrence builds on the traditions of Treasure Island and other boys’ adventures in many of his stories, but his convincing evocation of period, setting and character make these as much studies of human nature as they are tales of excitement, suspense, fear, and sometimes, sorrow. He is well able to sustain both a rousing pitch of action and complex, reflective male protagonists.
— 2011 Prize jury

Selected Publications

The Winter Pony (2011)
The Giant-Slayer (2009)
The Seance (2008)
The Castaways (2007)
Gemini Summer (2006)
The Cannibals (2005)
B for Buster (2004)
The Convicts (2004)
The Lightkeeper's Daughter (2002)
The Buccaneers (2001)
Lord of the Nutcracker Men (2001)
Ghost Boy (2000)
The Smugglers (1999)
The Wreckers (1998)

About the Author

Iain Lawrence was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto, Calgary, and on the West Coast. He studied journalism in Vancouver and worked for 10 years at the Prince Rupert Daily News in northern B.C., eventually becoming editor. He has worked at many odd jobs, including fish farm worker and travel writer. Lawrence is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Ghost Boy, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, and the High Seas Trilogy of The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccaneers. In 2007 he received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature – English-language Text for Gemini Summer. Lawrence now lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. His latest book, The Winter Pony, was published in November 2011.




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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