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F.T. Flahiff's biography of New Westminster-born novelist Sheila Watson, Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson (NeWest Press, 2005 $34.95) emanates from their meeting as students in Marshall McLuhan's graduate seminar at the University of Toronto, where Flahiff taught at St. Michael's College until his retirement in 1999. 1-896300-83-9

[BCBW 2005] "Biography"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson

Always Someone to Kill the Doves
Press Release (2006)

Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson by F. T. Flahiff
Shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award

Always Someone to Kill The Doves has been shortlisted for the prestigious 19th Annual Trillium Book Award in English language, Ontario's leading Award for literature. Set up in 1987 by the Ontario government to recognize excellence and foster increased awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing, past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley, and Anne Michaels.

Always Someone to Kill the Doves is a rich and compelling account of Watson's life told by her close friend of over forty years, F. T. Flahiff. Crafted from archives, interviews, memories, and the bankers boxes Watson sent Flahiff shortly before her death, Flahiff chronicles Watson's fascinating life with flair, exploring her literary genius, her artistic temperament, her turbulent marriage, and the private anguish she suffered from. Best known for The Double Hook, a tiny but influential book which revolutionized Canadian literature, Watson demonstrates her literary prodigy further in the 70 pages Flahiff includes of her Paris journals, which give us a glimpse into the acute mind and imagination of one of Canada's literary icons.

"This is a moving and well-researched account of the ground that produced the remarkable figure we know as Sheila Watson, here not simply a figure but the complex and anguished intelligence whose fiction brought a startling modernism to Canadian literature. Fred Flahiff's method of tracing the whole from shards creates a vivid portrait of Sheila Watson set within the central dilemma of her life. Sheila herself speaks most vividly as the heart of this account in her remarkable diary entries written in Paris, 1955-56."
-Daphne Marlatt

"Sheila Watson's writing is immeasurably important to our culture, and a challenge to anyone who would try to place it in that context. This is a book we have needed on our shelves."
-George Bowering

[NeWest Press]