Marq de Villiers

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Marq de Villiers, CM is an award-winning South African-Canadian writer and journalist. He now chiefly writes non-fiction books on scientific topics. In the past he also worked as a magazine editor and foreign correspondent.[1]


Marq de Villiers was born in 1940 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 1989 he became the first recipient of the prestigious Alan Paton Award for White Tribe Dreaming.[2] He and his wife, the writer Sheila Hirtle live in Port Medway, Nova Scotia.[3] They often collaborate on books.

In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[3] In 2011 his book, Our Way Out was published, dealing with the problems surrounding climate change, and possible solutions.


Book Award
Marq de Villiers (1989). White Tribe Dreaming: Apartheid's bitter roots: notes of an eighth-generation Afrikaner. Penguin. p. 420. ISBN 0-67081-794-5. OCLC 16754886.  Alan Paton Award
Marq de Villiers (1993). The Heartbreak Grape: A Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06258-523-1. OCLC 28376089. 
Marq de Villiers (1991). Down the Volga in a Time of Troubles: A Journey Through Post-Perestroika Russia. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-67084-353-9. OCLC 26264690. 
Garth Drabinsky (1992). Closer to the Sun (An Autobiography). with Marq de Villiers. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. p. 512. ISBN 0-77105650-8. OCLC 31781016. 
Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle (1996). Blood Traitors: A True Saga of the American Revolution. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00255424-0. OCLC 35939333. 
Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle (1997). Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires. Key Porter. ISBN 1-55013-884-7. OCLC 37369547. 
Marq de Villiers (1999). Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-77102641-2. OCLC 43365804. , revised 2003 Governor General's Award (1999)
Marq de Villiers (2001). America's Outdoors: Eastern Canada. National Geographic Society. ISBN 0-79227753-8. OCLC 46975165. 
Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle (2003). Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert. McClelland & Stewart, and Walker and Co. ISBN 0-7710-2639-0. 
Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle (2004). A Dune Adrift: The Strange Origins and Curious History of Sable Island. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-2642-0.  Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-fiction
Marq de Villiers (2006). Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-2644-7. OCLC 62535616. 
Marq de Villiers (2007). Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose. Thomas Allen and Co. ISBN 0-88762-224-0. OCLC 76870763.  Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-fiction, Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction
Marq de Villiers (2007). Timbuktu: The Sahara's Fabled City of Gold. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-2646-1. OCLC 84989578. 
Marq de Villiers (2008). Dangerous World. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-67006568-4. OCLC 185022675. 
  • US edition: Marq de Villiers (2008). The end : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival. Thomas Dunne-St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-31236569-1. OCLC 223885730. 
Marq de Villiers (2011). Our Way Out: First Principles for a Post-Apocalyptic World. McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-2648-5. OCLC 565924393. 


  1. ^ "Marq de Villiers". Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. 
  2. ^ Allan, Jani. Afrikaner pride and passion mix with fun and laughter Sunday Times (South Africa). 9 July 1989
  3. ^ a b "Order of Canada citation". 

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