Canadian novelist whose 1982 book Shoeless Joe was adapted into the film Field of Dreams in 1989.
He was raised in a homestead near Alberta and was home-schooled by his mother until he was ten.
In 1997 he was struck by a car and suffered a debilitating head injury which prevented him from publishing another novel for 14 years.
His parents, Matthew and Olive, were both Irish American.
Kevin Costner starred in the film adaptation of his book Shoeless Joe.