I Guess We Missed the Boat: A Travel Memoir

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Barry Finlay

Barry Finlay is a fiction and non-fiction author. In his previous life, he had an extensive career in financial management before retiring in 2004, after thirty two years with the Canadian federal government. Since retiring, he has divided his time between writing, working as a consultant on financial policy matters, travel, playing golf, climbing mountains, philanthropy and enjoying his three grandchildren. 

In 2009, Barry got off the couch and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his son, Chris. The experience of climbing Africa's highest mountain at age 60 with one of his sons, and discovering the satisfaction of reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs, was a non-fiction book waiting to be written. The travel memoir and inspirational Kilimanjaro and Beyond has won numerous awards and Barry is featured in the Authors Show book, "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading." 

His 2nd book, a travel memoir called I Guess We Missed The Boat, also non-fiction, received the 2013/14 Reader Views Literary Award in the Travel category and reached Amazon Kindle Bestseller status.

His 3rd book, a work of fiction called The Vanishing Wife was released in 2014. On the merits of The Vanishing Wife, Barry was named as a winner of a Canada Book Award for his accomplishment and contribution to the publishing world. It was also named the best e-book in the Thriller/Mystery category by New Apple Literary Awards and also reached Amazon Kindle Bestseller status.

That was followed by A Perilous Question, which received an award for the best Thriller/Suspense in the New Apple Literary Awards e-book category, and was named Official Selection in the 2016 New Apple Book Awards: Suspense / Thriller (paperback) and as a Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

His contemporary political thriller, Remote Access, was released in 2018 and has received acclaim from a variety of reviewers. A new novella, Never So Alone, was released in January 2019.

Barry is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for philanthropy.