419 – Will Ferguson


Will Ferguson has won this year’s Giller Prize for his fictional thriller 419.

A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide?

On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims.

Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help …”

419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever …., about a woman who becomes embroiled in a Nigerian email scam, dark novel that focuses on a woman searching for the culprits behind her father’s death.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada’s most distinguished literary prize, awarding $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English.

Ferguson is also a three-times winner of  Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour : for Generica (later renamed Happiness) in 2002; for Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw in 2005; and for his 2010 travel memoir Beyond Belfast.

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