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Linwood Barclay's Biography

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Linwood Barclay, the author of No Time For Goodbye, was born in the United States but grew up in Canada. His father was a commercial artist.

He gained a B.A. Hons in English at Trent University, in Ontario.

Barclay started his career in journalism at the Peterborough Examiner in Ontario.

In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, where he moved up the ladder from assistant city editor to be appointed the paper's humour columnist in 1993.

In 2008, Linwood Barclay left The Toronto Star to focus on his book writing.

Up and until then Barclay had written non-fiction and fiction, including his mystery series revolving around the character Zack Walker, but it was No Time for Goodbye, which represented a significant breakthrough for Barclay as an author gaining commercial and critical success.

The Guardian review of No Time For Goodbye said:

"Barclay succeeds in both banging the gong and serving up a riveting, rewarding and, for the most part, plausible three courses ..."

In 2008, Linwood Barclay was scheduled to follow up with Too Close to Home.

In June 2008 Linwood Barclay's No Time For Goodbye was placed on the influential Richard & Judy's Summer Read shortlist in the UK.

Subsequent books included Broken Promise, Far From Free and The Twenty Three (the Promise Falls Trilogy).

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