Quotes by Lawrence Hill

"To gaze into another persons face is to do two things: to recognise their humanity and to assert your own."

"You must learn to respect," Papa said.

But I do not respect her," I said.

Papa paused for a moment, and patted my leg. "Then you must learn to hide your disrespect."

"When it comes to understanding others, we rarely tax our imaginations."

"I remember wondering, within a year or two of taking my first my first steps, why only men sat to drink tea and converse, and why women were always busy. I reasoned that men were weak and needed rest."

"She asked why I was so black. I asked why she was so white. She said she was born that way. Same here, I replied."


Books by Lawrence Hill

  • The Book of Negroes
  • 80,114 ratings
  • January 12th 2015 by W. W. Norton Company

    (first published January 18th 2007)

  • The Illegal
  • 10,743 ratings
  • January 31st 2017 by W. W. Norton Company

    (first published August 12th 2015)

  • Any Known Blood
  • 3,337 ratings
  • December 16th 1998 by William Morrow

    (first published 1997)

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  • Lawrence Hill

  • Date of birth: January 24, 1957
  • Born: in Ontario, Canada.

  • Description: Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he won his first literary honour: a National Magazine Award for the article “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” published in The Walrus. His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non-fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007) — published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata — that attracted widespread attention in Canada and other countries.

    Lawrence Hill’s non-fiction book, Blood: The Stuff of Life was published in September 2013 by House of Anansi Press. Blood is a personal consideration of the physical, social, cultural and psychological aspects of blood, and how it defines, unites and divides us. Hill drew from the book to deliver the 2013 Massey Lectures across Canada.

    In 2013, Hill published the essay Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning (University of Alberta Press).

    His fourth novel, The Illegal, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015 and by WW Norton in the USA in 2016.

    Hill is currently writing a new novel and a children’s book, and co-writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures. Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, in Ontario.