Teachers make all the difference

10 January 2018

I was an incredibly lucky high school student because I had a creative writing teacher named Sue McEwan who encouraged me. She was kind enough to introduce me at my hometown book launch this past August, and more importantly she was wise enough to see that I might one day become a writer. Without her encouragement I've no idea what I might have become.

To read more about how influential and important she was in my life, you can check out this article I wrote for the Globe and Mail.  

My teacher, Sue McEwan, also made me feel quite a bit different than I usually did in class – she made me feel special.

Libraries are great

26 November 2017

But one library in particular: the Waterloo Public Library. I spent years here as a child listening to stories and checking out as many books as I could. Most of which were returned. Most of which incurred a fine. Some fines were bigger than others... such as the fine I paid when I returned home from studying in Glasgow, and got a new library card. Apparently there was a book overdue from sometime in my high school days. 

How lovely, then, to see that the library featured The Last Wave in their promotional flyer. Also, how great is it that, in with all the adverts for big screen TVs and washer-dryers, there's an advert for the library? 

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Review in The Globe and Mail

30 October 2017

"Something I admire about this novel is Gillian Best's commitment to the difficult. Best does offer her reader a resolution at the end – one that's only partway, but true in the way that life offers few full resolutions."

Read Jade Colbert's full review here


Dundee Literary Festival

23 October 2017

It was GREAT being back up in Scotland, and wonderful to meet fellow debut novelists Helen McClory and Ever Dundas for a chat about first books. If you weren't able to join us in person, you can have a listen to the post-event podcast here. You'll also be treated to some great chat from some Nasty Women, and other folk from the festival. 

Big thanks to the delightful Peggy Hughes for organising the festival. 


Metro News

17 October 2017

Nice shout out here from Metro News Canada.

The Last Wave, Gillian Best (26 July 2017)

It’s no surprise that Canadian-British author Gillian Best, a self-declared seaside enthusiast and lifelong swimmer, has set her assured debut novel near water. The epic family tale, which takes place in Dover, England, follows more than 60 years in the life of Martha, a tough-minded woman who goes on to swim the English Channel 10 times. The ocean is an escape for Martha; the real drama takes place as she navigates relationships with her family. Due out at the end of August, Best’s novel also heralds the last wave of summer beach days.

Girth Radio interview

05 October 2017

I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Alissa Santiago at Girth Radio when I was back in Toronto in August. We talked about all sorts: swimming, writing, The Last Wave, and I got some great tips on places to buy bras (always handy!). 

Have a listen here.