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Sweat & Salt Episode 9: Gillian Best

Sweat & Salt Episode 9: Gillian Best

Published on: August 14, 2017

Alissa Santiago

Girth Radio Presents… Gillian Best and The Last Wave

Writer Gillian Best joins Alissa in the booth to discuss her debut novel The Last Wave.

Gillian is a writer, swimmer, and seaside enthusiast. She won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition and Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize. She was also longlisted for the WriteIdea Short Story Prize. Gillian studied at York University, University College Falmouth, and the University of Glasgow. Originally from Waterloo, Canada, she now lives in Bristol, U.K

We talk about the process of writing her first novel and the joys of the unboxing her book for the very first time.  The different meaning of pants in the UK and Canada.

The book:

An inter-generational family saga, a tragicomic portrait, a feminist story, a striking literary debut, The Last Wave is set in Dover, between the ’40’s and current day, following the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, her close friends, and her best friend, the sea.

Gillian encourages you to buy her book at a local independent book store like this one or you can also order it online through her Canadian Publisher House of Anansi.

You can follow Gillian here.

Gillian Best, Girth Radio, The Last Wave, House of Anansi

Gillian Best visits the Girth Radio studio to discuss her debut novel The Last Wave


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