Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist


Lawrence Martin
Harperland: The Politics of Control

Published by Viking Canada

Lawrence Martin


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About the Book

After four years in power, Stephen Harper's governance comes under the microscope of prominent Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin. Focusing on the growth of executive power under Harper and drawing on interviews with prominent insiders, Martin probes the prorogations, the unprecedented centralizing of power, the Chuck Cadman affair, campaign financing, the dismissal of nuclear power head Linda Keen, and more — and lets readers draw their own conclusions. Tough but balanced, Harperland offers a clear picture of a skilled politician at a crucial point in Canadian politics.

About the Author

Lawrence Martin is the author of Chr├ętien: The Will to Win, the first volume of his biography of the prime minister, and of eight other books, including The Presidents and the Prime Ministers and Breaking with History: The Gorbachev Revolution. Raised in Hamilton and educated at McMaster and Harvard, Martin’s distinguished career has seen him serve as Montreal, Moscow, and Washington correspondent for The Globe and Mail, as an Ottawa-based national affairs columnist, and as a frequent television and radio commentator. While researching books, he writes a weekly column for The Globe on the political affairs of the nation.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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