Rachel Wyatt was born in Bradford, UK. She came to Canada in 1957 with her husband, Alan. She has four children. She is a playwright, radio dramatist and author of seven novels, four collections of short fiction, and one brief biography. She has been a guest at many writers’ festivals and conferences in North America and Europe. For many years she was Director of Writing at The Banff Centre and taught at summer schools in Nunavut. In 2002, she was awarded the Order of Canada. In 2003, she received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and, in 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Suspicion by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 978-1-55050-517-7 Coteau Books 2012
When a woman disappears, gossip and rumours take over and expose fear and prejudice in a small BC town. Has Candace run off with a lover? Has her husband murdered her? Are they doing enough to find her?
Letters to Omar by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 978-1-55050-448-4 Coteau Books 2010
This is the story of an elderly woman who writes letters she doesn’t mail to Omar Sharif, the Queen, the Pope, and other well-known figures. As well as expressing her views, Dorothy talks about her daily life, her three husbands, and the frustrated fund-raising efforts of herself and her two friends.
The Magician’s Beautiful Assistant by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-9736882-2-X Hedgerow Press 2005
A collection of short fiction. “With wit, with style, with her abundant knowledge of life and people, Rachel Wyatt seems to have written about almost everybody we’ve ever known.” Mavis Gallant
Time’s Reach by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-88982-205-0 Oolichan Books 2003
“When Robert Parkes reaches the end of his life, he is desperate to reveal to his daughter and his wife that he is not the ordinary man they have assumed him to be. He has kept secret his participation in one of the most tormented times in human history, a secret that his children and grandchildren go on a journey to unravel.”
The Last We Heard of Leonard by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-088982-210-7 Oolichan Books 2002
This collection of stories explores the convergence between reality and fantasy, between what’s possible and what’s imagined: A world slightly distorted and out of focus.
Agnes Macphail Champion of the Underdog by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-9683601-5-7 XYZ Publishing 2000
This book is a brief biography of a determined woman. Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to parliament in Canada. She had to fight against the prejudice of the men in the House as she struggled to make a case for prison reform, social justice, and peace.
Mona Lisa Smiled a Little by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-88982-180-1 Oolichan books 1999
“Almeida knew that other people’s husbands had innocent hobbies.” She left her husband when his retirement hobby took over the house. Now she herself is about to retire, and must come to terms with the fact that she will have ‘all the time in the world’.
The Day Marlene Dietrich Died by Rachel Wyatt
ISBN 0-88982-161-5 Oolichan Books 1996
(Italian Translation by Vilma Porro 2001)
These stories show that Marlene Dietrich was a cultural icon who touched the lives of ordinary people whether in Toronto, Paris, New York, Leeds, Berlin or Hollywood. Her unique voice still echoes in the memories of millions.
Four novels by Rachel Wyatt Published by the House of Anansi (1970 -1986)
The String Box ,The Rosedale Hoax,Time in the Air, Foreign Bodies
Three plays by Rachel Wyatt published by Playwrights Canada Press
Geometry, Chairs and Tables, Crackpot