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William N. Rowe - writer bio


William N. RoweBill Rowe was born and raised in Newfoundland, graduated in English from Memorial University, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, obtaining an Honours M.A in Law.

Elected to the House of Assembly at the age of twenty-four, Rowe was re-elected four more times. He was appointed, at twenty-six, as a minister in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and was later elected as Leader of the Official Opposition in the House.

He practiced law for many years and has been a long-time public affairs commentator, appearing regularly on national and local television, and hosting a daily call-in show on VOCM, as well as writing weekly columns for the St. John's Telegram.

Rowe has written ten books, including: Clapp's Rock, a best-selling novel published by McClelland and Stewart and serialized on CBC national radio; the political memoir, Danny Williams: The War with Ottawa, (Flanker Press) which was critically acclaimed and appeared on the Globe and Mail’s bestsellers list; Rosie O’Dell, a hard-hitting and critically esteemed crime novel; The Premiers Joey and Frank, a Globe and Mail bestseller and selected by the Hill Times as one of the Best Books on Politics, Public Policy, and History in 2013; The Monster of Twenty Mile Pond, a novel of a legendary monster who engulfed the lives of two teen-aged girls; The True Confessions of a Badly Misunderstood Dog, a fictionalized account of the frantic years when a much-loved Labrador retriever and two cats lived with the author’s family; and No Punches Pulled: The Premiers Peckford, Wells, and Tobin, a political memoir, published by Flanker in 2016, that is said to live up to its title.
Rowe is completing his next book for publication this fall.


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