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Mischief in High Places

Mischief in High Places

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Mischief in High Places examines the spectacular career and personal life of the man who, in 1919, first became elected prime minister of Newfoundland.

The political successes of Sir Richard Squires' career are overshadowed by a legacy of scandal and deceit that paved the way for Newfoundland’s loss of democracy in 1933.

Perhaps best known for slipping out of the Colonial Building during the 1932 riot, Squires had survived three corruption-ridden terms in office in the final decades of responsible government while living a high-flying lifestyle with his wife, Helena.

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Ted Rowe grew up in Heart’s Content, NL. He is a graduate of Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Western Ontario. After teaching at Memorial in the 1970s, he had a thirty-year career in real estate and has been active in a number of community organizations. Along the way he and his wife Maureen raised a family of five sons. He is the author of Connecting the Continents: Heart’s Content and the Atlantic Cable and Heroes & Rogues, a community history of Heart’s Content. His biography Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing by the Writer’s Trust of Canada in 2018. In his spare time he travels, plays music, and enjoys good food and wine. 

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