Trevor Cole


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in Toronto, Ont., Canada
February 15, 1960

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Trevor Cole (born Trevor William Cole on February 15, 1960) is a Canadian novelist and journalist. His first two novels, Norman Bray in the Performance of his Life (2004) and The Fearsome Particles (2006), were nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Practical Jean

3.30 avg rating — 765 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Norman Bray in the Performa...

3.51 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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The Fearsome Particles

3.46 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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Hope Makes Love

3.82 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Whisky King: The remark...

3.79 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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Tribb's Troubles

2.50 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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“To live, fiction must be read, and to be read it must be enjoyed. Why do so many people talk about the number of times they’ve lost interest in a book after a couple of chapters, or only “toughed it out” to the end out of a sense of obligation? I’d say it’s because too many writers have forgotten that the writer’s job isn’t merely to express himself, it’s to reach a reader. That doesn’t mean pandering to the lowest common denominator. But it does mean that even a work of smart, thoughtful fiction should strive to engage and entertain. If you’re a writer of literary fiction and all you’re bringing to the party is a poetic turn of phrase or a deep thought, that’s not enough. What about pace? Humour? Characters you care about and a smattering of suspense that makes you want to “find out what happens next?” All of these, plus rich language, bracing honesty and emotional resonance, should be components of the best, most thoughtful fiction. Because that’s the sort of reading experience that readers should be able to expect from a novel that demands hours of their time.”
Trevor Cole

“My mother is a certainty. I can count on the watercolour pain in her voice when she calls to say she hasn't heard from me in months. The precarious laughter as she comes from the kitchen, when I finally do appear on her doorstep, the laughter that says I might be a chickadee that's alighted unexpectedly on her thumb.”
Trevor Cole, Hope Makes Love

“My mother may no longer be (if she ever was) a mast to which I can rope myself. But I fear the loss of Lesley. Without her observance, and her sturdy presence, I would feel windblown.”
Trevor Cole, Hope Makes Love

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