Books written by Michael Ondaatje


May 8, 2018 | 304 pages
From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting... More Info

The Cinnamon Peeler

McClelland & Stewart, [1992] | November 7, 1992 | 208 pages
Michael Ondaatje's new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist.  More Info

Coming Through Slaughter

Random House LLC | June 26, 1998 | 160 pages
Many readers still claim this haunting, atmospheric novel of Michael Ondaatje's as their first love - a novel as sensual and erotic today as ever it was. At the turn of the century, the Storyville district of New Orleans had some 2000 prostitutes, 70 professional gamblers, and 30 piano players. But... More Info

The Cat's Table

Vintage Books Canada | June 12, 2012 | 288 pages
In the early 1950s in Ceylon an eleven-year-old boy is put alone aboard a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the insignificant "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's table as can be--with two other lone boys and a small group of strange fellow passengers: one appears to be a... More Info

The English Patient

Vintage Canada | August 27, 1993 | 320 pages
1. The English patient 'whispers again, dragging the listening heart of the young nurse beside him to wherever his mind is, into that well of memory he kept plunging into during those months before he died' [p. 4]. Why does the patient consider himself to have 'died'? Does he undergo any kind of... More Info

In the Skin of a Lion

Vintage | January 14, 1997 | 256 pages
Arriving in Toronto in the 1920s from the Canadian wilderness, Patrick Lewis experiences a series of adventures as he makes a living searching for a missing millionaire, tunnels beneath Lake Ontario, and falls in love. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.  More Info


Vintage | April 22, 2008 | 273 pages
Fleeing the violence that destroyed her family and separated her from her sister Claire and Coop, an enigmatic young man who lives with them, Anna finds refuge in south-central France, in an isolated house once occupied by a writer, while she struggles to reconcile the past and present, the demands... More Info

Anil's Ghost

Vintage | April 24, 2001 | 320 pages
A winner of the Booker Prize, the Canada Australia Prize, and the Canada Governor General's Award, the critically acclaimed author of The English Patient brings to life the story of a forensic pathologist, who returns to Sri Lanka--after fifteen years abroad--to assist in identifying victims of the... More Info

The Cat's Table

Random House Digital, Inc. | August 30, 2011 | 288 pages
From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat's Table"... More Info

The cinnamon peeler

Vintage | January 28, 1997 | 208 pages
From the author of Coming Through Slaughter and The English Patient comes an evocative collection of poetry, written between 1963 and 1990. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.  More Info