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Richard Gwyn - writer bio


Richard GwynRichard Gwyn is an award-winning author and political commentator. Born in England, educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he emigrated to Canada in 1954. He has long been known as a columnist for the Toronto Star and a frequent contributor to tv and radio. His books include biographies of Newfoundland Premier Joey Smallwood and of Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau. His 1995 book, Nationalism Without Walls, was selected by The Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most influential Canadian books. The first volume of his current work, John A, The Man Who Made Us; The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, 1815-1867, won the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The second volume, Nation-Maker. Sir John A. Macdonald; His Life, Our Times; 1867 to 1891, was published last fall. Gwyn is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


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