Shane Peacock

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Shane Peacock (born February 25, 1957), author of The Boy Sherlock Holmes series and many other books, plays, documentaries and articles for young readers and adults.


Shane Peacock comes from seven generations of Canadians who have lived in the Port Hope and Cobourg area of south-central Ontario, the setting for some of his stories. Though he resides near there today, he was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1957, and raised in northern Ontario in the pulp-and-paper town of Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he attended Kapuskasing District High School. He attended Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where he received a B.A. Honours in English Literature and History, and then studied with novelist Robertson Davies while finishing his M.A at the University of Toronto.

He began his writing career as a journalist, publishing his work in magazines including Saturday Night, Reader’s Digest, and Sports Illustrated. His subjects reflected his interest in extraordinary people who do dramatic things – colourful characters with great ambition and desire. He profiled high-wire walkers, sumo wrestlers, movie stars, freak-show performers, rodeo bull riders and others.

His book “The Great Farini,” published by Penguin Books Canada, explored the life of a Port Hope area man who walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire, invented the human cannonball act, explored the Kalahari Desert and did many other remarkable things. The Great Farini was also the subject of a play written...
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