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Ray Guy: Portrait of a Rebel by Ron Crocker

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A fascinating biography of a controversial and troubled writer, whose sharp wit helped bring down a government.

There was a time—not so long ago—when the rich and influential quivered with trepidation as they opened the pages of the Evening Telegram. For within that newspaper lurked Ray Guy, whose sharp satire revealed bitter truths about those who wielded power in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Guy, heralded as the real opposition to Premier Joey Smallwood, wrote with passion about the subject dearest to his heart—Newfoundland and Labrador. For decades, he wrote fearlessly and defiantly in a range of local and national media. But Guy was also a deeply trouble man, who struggled against alcoholism and depression.

Ron Crocker was a roommate and colleague of Guy in his Evening Telegram Days. Drawing on years of friendship, as well as an in-depth reading of Guy’s works and candid interviews with many of those closest to him, Crocker delivers a detailed portrait of the writer and his work.

Ray Guy: Portrait of a Rebel is a testament and a toast to Ray Guy’s brilliant writing. It is also a compelling biography of a complex man with an incredible gift.

Author Bio


Ron Crocker grew up in Heart’s Delight, Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. After a print journalism background that included five years with the Evening Telegram, Ron worked for more than 30 years with the CBC as a journalist, producer, and executive. He lives in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia. Ron is currently a senior investigator with the Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman.