The Book

♦  FINALIST for the Colophon Prize

♦  SEVENTH in Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards 2011

♦ CBC All Points West 2011 Christmas Pick

♦  A Winnipeg Free Press’ favourite overlooked book of 2011  

 Typographical Era‘s top 30 Best Reads of 2012

CBC Daybreak Alberta top five pick for CBC’s Prairies and North Contender Canada Reads 2013



Book: Nerys Parry, Man and other natural disasters



“In  Man & Other Natural Disasters, Nerys Parry demonstrates a powerful and emerging talent.  Parry draws the reader into a delightfully quirky and strange story with a narrative that is in turns funny and heartbreaking . . .”  Gail Anderson-DargatzA Cure for Death by Lightning

Now available as e-book for Kindle, Kobo or Nook for only $12.95. Click HERE to purchase.


Additional Praise for Man & Other Natural Disasters

“Man & Other Natural Disasters… is compulsive reading…There were many beautiful lines that I stopped to re-read for the joy of savouring them, rolling them in my mouth like a taste I didn’t want to finish.” – Katherine Lyall Watson, Australian playwright and niece to Lyall Watson

“Nerys Parry’s writing is gorgeous thoughout, passages that beg to be read over and over for the gloriousness of their descriptions… Parry is a richly talented writer, and her first novel is an absorbing, rewarding read.” Kerry Clare, editor of Canadian Bookshelf and top blog

“…an engaging and thoughtful piece of Canadian literature. Ottawa-based Nerys Parry has written a unique and unpredictable story about a lonely man’s attempt to face up to his own past. She explores universal themes of responsibility and guilt, combined with a solid understanding of human nature… Parry’s prose is enjoyable and elegant and spiced with clever metaphors.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“Just get yourself a copy, take a moment to clear your mind of any troubling thoughts and your schedule of needless commitments, find a comfortable place to settle in, and begin reading one of the most intriguing, magical pieces of fiction you’ve experienced in years. Yes, this book is that good…” Aaron, Opinionless

“[Parry] has raised the bar for future writers…” Koozma Tarasoff, Doukhobor expert and activist, author of Spirit Wrestlers: Doukhobor Strategies for Pioneer Living


Simon Peters, a recluse full of half-cocked theories on every subject from heart-broken shrimp to the Jungian consciousness of DNA, spends his days hiding from his horrific past in the basement of the Calgary City Library. Enter Minerva, a twenty-two year-old business major whose ghostly resemblance to Simon’s dead sister compels him to reveal his shocking past: a sister who died of spontaneous human combustion, a father crushed in a rock blast, a mother who disappeared in a tornado – all in one hot prairie summer.

But parts of Simon’s story do not add up. When he finds Minerva passed out and bleeding on his bathroom floor, he must conquer the tyranny of his own memory and confront what really happened that summer of 1962. But the truth, when uncovered, proves no less astonishing than the original tale.

Based on real events recounted during the Sons of Freedom movement of the 60s, Man & Other Natural Disasters is a testament to the power of story in a world too often shaken by forces outside our control: nature, terrorism, death—even love. Of all the planet has yet to throw at us, the question remains: can we recover from the worst natural disaster yet—ourselves?

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