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King Leary (1987) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Percival Leary was once the King of the Ice, one of hockey’s greatest heroes. Now, in the South Grouse Nursing Home, where he shares a room with Edmund "Blue" Hermann, the antagonistic and alcoholic reporter who once chronicled his career, Leary looks back on his tumultuous life and times: his days at the boys' reformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect "St. Louis Whirlygig" to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup final.

Now all but forgotten, Leary is only a legend in his own mind until a high-powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a series of ginger ale commercials. With his male nurse, his son, and the irrepressible Blue, Leary sets off for Toronto on one last adventure as he revisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice

Original title: King Leary
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionGeneral FictionSportsHockey

Notes:

  • Selected as the 2008 CBC Canada Reads winner

Edition #1: King Leary

King Leary (1987)
Awards: Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "An extraordinary writer with a rare gift." Timothy Findley
  • "A type of literary hat trick... most engaging... [Quarrington’s] colourful, inventive language is addictive." The Globe and Mail
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King Leary (November 2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 9780385666015
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.4 x 0.7 in
Pages: 232

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King Leary (September 1994)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 9780385254847
Pages: 232

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King Leary (February 1987)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385251389
Pages: 232

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