• Biography

    Donna Morrissey is originally from The Beaches in Newfoundland. Donna left this small outport on the west coast of the island when she was sixteen. She studied at Memorial University in St. John's and lived in various parts of Canada before settling down in Halifax, where she now lives.

    She has written 7 best selling novels, and has received awards in Canada, the U.S., and England.

    She has translations in six different languages.

      She was nominated for a Gemini for best writing in a Drama for the film Clothesline Patch

    Her latest novel, The Fortunate Brother, was six weeks on the National best seller list, It WON the Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel of the year, and The Thomas Raddall for best in Atlantic Fiction.

    Her Novel Livvy Higgs was recently nominated for the Master Arts Award of NS. and was chosen for the One Book Nova Scotia, and Donna was celebrated by Adsum House as its Sucessful Woman of the Year.



    • What They Wanted. Penguin, 2008, ISBN 978-0670044788.

    • Sylvanus Now. Penguin Canada, 2005. ISBN 0143014250.

    • Downhill Chance. Penguin Canada, 2002. ISBN 0143033603. US: Houghton Mifflin. UK: Hodder and Stoughton. Downhill.

    • "Grieving Nan." Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Lesley Choyce, Editor. Goose Lane Editions, 2001. ISBN 0-8692-309-0.

    • Kit's Law. Penguin Canada, 1999. ISBN 067088601-7.

    • The Fortunate Brother.  Penguin Canada, 2016

    • The Deception of Livy Higgs, Pengin Canada, 2013





    The Deception of Livvy HIggs

    • Winner of the 2006 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Winner of Bookseller's Choice Award; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Award; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Winner of the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; 'Downhill Chance'

    • Shortlisted for the 2000 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; 'Kit's Law'

    • Winner of the Libris First Time Author of the Year Award; 'Kit's Law'

    • Winifred Holtby Prize in England which recognizes the best in regional fiction; 'Kit's Law'

    • Shortlisted for the Chapters First Novel Award; 'Kit's Law'

    • Winner of Ellis Award for Best Crime Fiction of 2018:  The Fortunate Brother


      Winner of Thomas Raddall Award: The Fortunate Brother