2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander, by Ted Rowe (St. John’s), published by Creative Book Publishing

Ted Rowe

Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander
Creative Book Publishing/Breakwater Books

Ted Rowe

Jury Citation

Ted Rowe seamlessly weaves together the biography of Robert Bond, Newfoundland’s first prime minister, with the overarching story of the island’s evolution from colony to dominion. Rowe follows Bond’s journey from an “uneventful” childhood and English education, through his early years in elected life, to his tenure in the province’s highest political office. Drawing on Bond’s own voluminous personal papers, the depth and scope of Rowe’s research shines. Robert Bond makes a convincing case for recognizing the man as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Newfoundlander.

About the Book

During his remarkable career, Robert Bond built a reputation as a statesman, negotiating two trade agreements with the United States and reclaiming Newfoundland’s rights to the French Shore. In the dark days following the bank crash of 1894, he personally intervened to save the country from bankruptcy. A carefully researched and engaging biography, Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander follows a spectacularly successful, but often tortured life of Bond from his school days in St. John’s and England to his rapid rise in politics in the 1880s and ’90s and his time as prime minister in the first decade of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Ted Rowe is a real estate broker, musician, traveler, food and wine enthusiast, and community volunteer. He has written two books about Heart’s Content, North America’s pioneer telegraph cable town: Heroes & Rogues and the Story of Heart’s Content, and Connecting the Continents: Heart’s Content and the Atlantic Cable. In Newfoundland, he divides his time between St. John’s and Heart’s Content, and he spends the winter in Palm Desert, California.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


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


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