Nine Men who Laughed

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Penguin Books, 1986 - Fiction - 225 pages
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A collection of short stories portrays the experiences of members of the West Indian community in Toronto

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Austin Clarke was born in 1934 on the island of Barbados. He attended Combermere Secondary School and later Harrison College where he received his Cambridge and Oxford Secondary School certificates. After teaching at a secondary school, he attended the University of Toronto in Canada where he studied Economics and Political Science. His works mainly focus on Caribbean immigrants and the social and political issues they encounter living in Canada. Some of these works include "Storm of Fortune," The Bigger Light," and "The Meeting Point." The first volume of his memoirs "Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack," won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literature in 1980. It based on his experiences while working in Barbados as the manager of Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and an advisor to the prime minister. The second volume is entitled "A Passage Back Home." His novel, "The Polished Hoe," won the Giller Prize for fiction in 2003, the Regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for best book, and the Trillium Book Award. . In 1999, he was awarded the W.O. Mitchell Prize for producing an outstanding body of work for his short stories collections and the Rogers Communication Writers Trust Prize (1998). Austin Clarke currently resides in Toronto.

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