Author Afternoons: Join me for a FREE workshop 3 August 2019!

18 July 2019

I’m really excited to have been selected to run a workshop in Waterloo, Canada this summer. And I’d love it if you joined me!

On 3 August, at the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre (10 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo) I’ll be running a workshop called Where Do Ideas Come From? We’ll look at how to get inspiration for your own writing and do some fun activities that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

It’s free to take part, just sign up here.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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The Last Wave in the wild...

13 January 2019

An old friend of mine happened to e in Melbourne, Australia just as my book was published and managed to capture a photo of it in the wilds of a bookshop. Always fantastic to see your book out in the world, and oh my goodness, the company it’s keeping!


Rights sold to Text Publishing

06 June 2018

I'm really thrilled to say that Text Publishing (Melbourne) have bought the Australian, New Zealand, and UK rights to The Last Wave! 

Text Publishing is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Text has been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the inaugural Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018.


05 June 2018

At the beginning of May, I went to visit a dear old friend in Cayman. And I swum in the kind of sea I thought only existed in travel brochures. It was lovely to be out of the pool. Martha would approve, surely.

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The Last Wave shortlisted for Kobo Emerging Writer Award

01 May 2018


Amazing news!!

 Fourth Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced

Canada’s hottest new books have been selected in three genres: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction and Mystery

Toronto, ON May 1st 2018 – Rakuten Kobo, in search for the best new books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its fourth annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created with the goal of kick-starting the careers of debut authors, with a $10,000 CAD cash prize awarded to a book in each of three categories: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Genre Fiction (Mystery this year). In addition, each winning author will receive promotional, marketing, and communications support through 2018. 

The 2018 shortlist, selected by Kobo’s team of booksellers and booklovers—with book completion rates, customer ratings and reviews considered—comprises six books from each genre. The shortlist will now move on to the final selection process led by top Canadian authors: Lori Lansens for Literary Fiction, Jay Ingram for Non-Fiction and Linwood Barclay for Mystery. The winners will be announced on the evening of June 19th, 2018.


 Literary Fiction

The Church In The Wildwood by Alanna Rusnak - Alanna Rusnak Publishing 

Death and the Intern by Jeremy Hanson-Finger - Invisible Publishing 

American War by Omar El Akkad - McClelland & Stewart 

Uncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn Parr - Goose Lane Editions 

The Last Wave by Gillian Best - House of Anansi Press 

Dominion by Shane Arbuthnott - Orca Book Publishers

Lovely review from Forward Reviews

09 April 2018

"The novel is beautifully poignant. Its emotional undercurrents are presented in a quietly powerful style, free of manufactured melodrama. Details are carefully chosen and breathe life into depictions of Dover and France. Martha’s myrtle bush, a plant usually found near the sea, is a lovely recurring symbol of the connections, however loose, that hold her family together. It takes on human form in Harriet’s daughter, Myrtle, an eager young swimmer who establishes a link between Harriet’s wife, Iris, and Martha."

By MEAGAN LOGSDON (March/April 2018) 

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Interview with Ben Rybeck of Brazos Bookstore

30 March 2018

At the Winter Institute, in Memphis, TN, I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of really cool, really interesting indie booksellers. Last weekend, I caught up with one of them: Ben Rybeck, of Brazos Bookstore (and himself an author), and had a nice chat about zombies, TV adverts, and The Last Wave.

Here's a wee extract:

“The sea,” author Gillian Best tells me, “is just like zombies. It’s everywhere, and it’ll kill you if you don’t pay attention.”

But I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, let me back up here and confess something: I write this article for with absolutely zero pretense toward anything resembling journalistic objectivity. I met Best in January, at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute in Memphis, Tennessee—imagine summer camp, but for booksellers in the winter and with a lot more drinking—when I had dinner with her and her publisher, House of Anansi Press, a venerable Canadian publishing house with a connection to pretty much every major author from that country you can think of (including, yes, giants like Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje).

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Media roundup | Awesome options The Last Wave

22 March 2018

Press coverage of the option deal announced 20 March 2018.

The Bookseller "The novel by Bristol-based Best was published in North America by Canadian publisher by House of Anansi Press and has become a book club favourite, according to an Awesome spokesperson, “establishing its author as a bold new voice in literary fiction”.

The deal marks Awesome’s first literary acquisition since taking investment from global content company Kew Media Group in October last year. With Kew’s backing, Awesome is “ramping up its scripted development of book-based IP” according to a spokesperson."

TV Wise “Awesome is an author-founded company and we want to be the home for the world’s most creative storytellers”, Jeff Norton, executive producer and founder of Awesome said in a statement. “Gillian Best’s novel is heart-breaking yet ultimately heart-warming tale that is at once a feminist story, a novel about a marriage and a narrative about one woman’s self-empowerment and liberation from domestic life.”  "Awesome Media & Entertainment, the production company set up by author Jeff Norton, is developing novel The Last Wave into a television series."

Worldscreen "Norton said: “Awesome is an author-founded company and we want to be the home for the world’s most creative storytellers. Gillian Best’s novel is heart-breaking yet ultimately heart-warming tale that is at once a feminist story, a novel about a marriage and a narrative about one woman’s self-empowerment and liberation from domestic life.”

The Fan Carpet "Jeff Norton’s London-based company to develop book for television. Written by award-winning, Bristol-based Gillian Best and published by House of Anansi Press, ‘THE LAST WAVE’ won rave reviews in North America and has become a book club favourite, establishing its author as a bold new voice in literary fiction.

Awesome will immediately begin developing ‘THE LAST WAVE’ for television, with Norton and ex BBC Worldwide and ITV Studios executive Fraser Robinson attached as Executive Producers.