The Last Island

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The Last Island:
A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island
The Last Island book cover.jpg
First edition cover of Canadian release
Author Alison Watt
Country Canada
Subject Bird watching
Genre Non-fiction, memoir[1]
Publisher Harbour Publishing
Publication date
September 1, 2002
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 256 pp.
ISBN 9781553656326

The Last Island: A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island is a non-fiction memoir, written by Canadian writer Alison Watt, first published in September 2002 by Harbour Publishing. In the book, the author chronicles her return to Triangle Island, a bird sanctuary off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Watt spent four months studying tufted puffins with her mentor Anne Vallee, returning 16 years later after Vallee's death. The Last Island is written in "beautiful language combined with watercolour paintings" with the power to "transport the reader to the island".[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

The Last Island received the "Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour" in June 2012, for "the best in Canadian humour writing".[3] The book also received the 2003 "Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodreads, The Last Island, Book review, Retrieved 11/26/2012
  2. ^ a b Faculty of Arts, 2003, Edna Staebler Award, Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Alison Watt, Retrieved 11/27/2012
  3. ^ The Leacock Associates, Overseeing the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing, Retrieved 11/17/2012

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