James FitzGerald


Award-winning author of "What Disturbs Our Blood".

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"Dreaming Sally" is a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set against the countercultural turmoil of the 1960s. The book is the third and last in a thematic trilogy of creative non-fiction.


Prize-winning author James FitzGerald explores how the death of an eighteen-year-old girl in the summer of 1968 forever changed his life and the life of the other man who loved her. "Dreaming Sally" is a deeply moving exploration of the weight of a life cut short.

In July 1968, Sally Woodhouse left for Europe on "The Odyssey", a Sixties version of the Grand Tour, even though her boyfriend, George Orr, begged her not to go: he'd had a terrible premonition that she would die on the trip. Only hours after becoming engaged to George via telegram, she was killed in a freak accident. 

James FitzGerald knew that Sally had a serious boyfriend back home, but fell for her anyways as they toured the glories of Western culture by day, and danced and drank the nights away. 

To George and James, both sons of parents who knew how to make demands of their children but not how to love them, Sally represented all the optimism and promised freedom of the '60s. Her death has haunted both men for fifty years---arresting their development, miring them in grief and unreasoning guilt. Until the two men met . . . 

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What Disturbs Our Blood

A withdrawn boy is born into the Toronto home of his late grandfather, a brilliant yet tormented pathologist of Irish blood. Like his friends Banting and Best, Dr. John Gerald FitzGerald was a Canadian hero. His vaccines saved untold lives, and he transformed the idea of public health in Canada and the world. What so darkened his reputation that his memory has been all but erased?

As the boy watches his own father, also an eminent doctor, plunge into a suicidal psychosis, he intuits some unspeakable secret buried deep in the family unconscious. Growing into manhood, he knows that he must stalk an ancient curse before it stalks him. To set himself free, he must break the silence and put words to the page. His future lies in the past.

James FitzGerald has put together a book that everyone interested in the Canadian elite will be talking about for a good while.
When I picked up Old Boys, I couldn’t put it down. When I put it down, it haunted me and it still does. I thought if half of this is true, then Upper Canada College, school of choice of the Canadian Establishment, might have burnt all of the remaining copies.