Leo McKay Jr.'s best-selling novel is set in a small Nova Scotia town, where a family is changed forever after a devastating mining accident claims the lives of 26 men. As the story shifts back and forth in time and between characters, we meet the men and women of the Burrows family: brothers Ziv and Arvel, drawn to the mine for different reasons; their father, a former union organizer; Ziv's ex-girlfriend, now living in Japan; and Arvel's wife, who hopes for a better life for herself in the city.

In the aftermath of the explosion, and as the investigation into its causes unfolds, the members of the Burrows family are forced to confront each other - and themselves - bringing the novel to its moving and redemptive conclusion. Written in spare, hard-hitting prose, and inspired in part by the Westray mining disaster, Twenty-Six is a novel of universal human struggle and understanding that evokes in all its drama and pathos a community transformed by tragedy.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Compassionate as love, tough as nails. A magnificent human drama, profound, haunting, and elegiac." - David Adams Richards


Used availability for Leo McKay Jr's Twenty-six

Hardback Editions

April 2003 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Twenty-Six
Author(s): Leo McKay Jr
ISBN: 0-7710-5475-0 / 978-0-7710-5475-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

February 2004 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Twenty-Six
Author(s): Leo McKay Jr
ISBN: 0-7710-5476-9 / 978-0-7710-5476-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Twenty-Six
Author(s): Leo McKay Jr
ISBN: 1-978615-29-9 / 978-1-978615-29-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Twenty-Six
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July 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Twenty-Six
Author(s): Leo McKay Jr
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Twenty-Six
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Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Twenty-Six
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Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Twenty-Six
Author(s): Leo Mckay Jr
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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