Charlotte Gray (author)

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Charlotte Gray
Born (1948-01-03) January 3, 1948 (age 73)
OccupationHistorian, author

Charlotte Gray, CM (born January 3, 1948) is a British born Canadian historian and author. The Winnipeg Free Press has called her "one of Canada's best-loved writers of popular history and literary biography."[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Sheffield, England and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics,[2] Gray came to Canada in 1979.[3]


She worked for a number of years as a journalist, writing a regular column on national politics for Saturday Night[4] and appearing regularly on radio and television discussion panels. She has also written for Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.[2]

Gray is an adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, and holds honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, the University of Ottawa and Queen's University.[2] She was awarded the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography in 2002 and the Pierre Berton Prize for distinguished achievement in popularizing and promoting Canadian history in 2003.[2] She has won or been nominated for most of the major non-fiction awards in Canada. In 2004 she served on the jury for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2007, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[1]

In 2004, Gray appeared on the CBC Television series The Greatest Canadian advocating for Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gray lives in New Edinburgh, a neighbourhood in Ottawa. [6] She is married to George Anderson, the president of an organization called the Forum of Federations, and former Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada and before that of Intergovernmental Affairs.[7] They have three sons. [6]


  • Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King. 1997
  • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill. 1999
  • Flint & Feather: The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake. 2002
  • Canada, A Portrait in Letters. 2003
  • The Museum Called Canada. 2004
  • Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell 2006
  • Extraordinary Canadians: Nellie McClung 2008
  • Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike 2010
  • The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country 2013
  • The Promise of Canada 2016
  • Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise, HarperCollins, 2019 (Covers the life and death of Sir Harry Oakes)

Literary awards, honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b Medoro, Dana (September 25, 2010). "Gray brings subjects to life during Klondike gold rush". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Charlotte Gray". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Wagner, Vit (October 28, 2010). "IFOA Author of the Day: Charlotte Gray". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Campbell, Joshua (July 14, 2011). "Making history come alive with Charlotte Gray". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Rector, Anne (October 28, 2010). "Society brings history to forefront". Belleville Intelligencer. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Charlotte Gray". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ "George Anderson". Queen's University. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  8. ^ Wilfrid Laurier University Archived 2014-06-06 at Archive-It 1998: Charlotte Gray, (retrieved 11/17/2012)

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