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Hugh Garner (1913-1979), one of Canada's best known writers, was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in Toronto's inner-city neighbourhood, Cabbagetown. He left school on his sixteenth birthday and the next day began work at the Toronto Star newspaper. During the Depression, he rode freight trains across Canada and the US, working at every conceivable job. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he joined the Abraham Lincoln Battalion of the International Brigades. Back in Canada after the war, he worked at odd jobs until World War II when he joined the Navy and served on Atlantic convoy duty until 1945. He is the author of nine novels, five collections of short stories, a book of humorous essays and his autobiography One Damn Thing After Another. He won the Governor General's Award for Fiction for his 1963 short story collection Hugh Garner's Best Stories.