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Charlotte Gray captures 2014 Toronto Book Award!

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Charlotte Gray captures 2014 Toronto Book Award!

Acclaimed author Charlotte Graywas awarded the 2014 Toronto Book Award for her non-fiction book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial That Shocked a Country (HarperCollins Canada) last night at Toronto's Reference Library.

The book tells the true story of Charles “Bert” Massey and Carrie Davies. In 1915 Massey, the son of one of Canada's wealthiest families, was gunned down on his own front porch by Davies, a servant in his house. What ensued was one of the most sensational trials Canada has seen to this day, hinging not only on whether Massey as a predator but whether, as many still believed at the time, his wealth gave him the right to be.

The jury said of The Massey Murder: "[it's] an absorbing exploration of the plight of an unfortunate young woman caught in a new and alien world, and of a city still in the painful process of self discovery."

The prize brings with it a $15,000 purse, as well as $1,000 for each finalist. This year's finalists were Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis, Carrianne K.Y. Leung, Anthony de Sa and Shyam Selvadurai.

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