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H. R.(Bill)Percy
Born Herbert Roland Percy
August 6, 1920
Burham, Kent, England
Died December 17, 1996
Nationality Canadian
Occupation writer
Spouse(s) Mary Davina Percy nee James

Herbert Rolland (H. R.) Percy (1920 - 1997) was a British-born Canadian writer.[1] He was best known for his novel Painted Ladies, a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1983 Governor General's Awards.[2]

Born in Burham, Kent, England,[1] Percy served for much of his working life in the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy.[3] He published his first volume of short stories, The Timeless Island, in 1960, and concentrated more extensively on writing after his retirement from the navy in 1971 with the rank of lieutenant commander.[3]

In addition to novels and short stories, he also published biographies of Joseph Howe and Thomas Chandler Haliburton, and was an editor of Canadian Author and Bookman, the trade magazine of the Canadian Authors Association.[3]

He died in 1996.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Percy, H. R.". The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-195411-67-6.
  2. "Governor-General's Awards 22 authors named finalists". The Globe and Mail, May 19, 1984.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 H.R. Percy fonds. -- 1931-1994. McMaster University.

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