The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Category: Book
By (author): Richler, Noah
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*A comical and revealing account of what it's like to run for office with no political experience, little money and only a faint hope of winning, told first-hand by celebrated writer Noah Richler.

During the 2015 federal election, approximately 1200 political campaigns were held across Canada. One of those campaigns belonged to author, journalist and political neophyte Noah Richler. Recruited by the NDP to run in the bellwether riding of Toronto-St Paul's, he was handed $350 and told he would lose. But as veteran NDP activists and social-media-savvy newbies joined his campaign, Richler found himself increasingly insulated from the stark reality that his campaign was flailing, imagining instead that he was headed to Parliament Hill. In The Candidate, Richler recounts his time on the trail in sizzling detail and hilarious frankness, from door knocking in Little Jamaica to being internet-shamed by experienced opponents. The Candidate lays bare what goes on behind the slogans, canvassing and talking points, told from the perspective of a political outsider. With his signature wit and probing eye, Noah Richler's chronicle of running for office is insightful, brutally honest and devastatingly funny.
Review Quote*Praise for This Is My Country, What's Yours?:
 • "This Is My Country, What's Yours? is a long-overdue interruption in our country's cultural conversation. Most important, it is genuine and sophisticated, funny, poignant and wise. . . . The book is quite simply wonderful, exquisitely structured and fabulously written." --The Globe and Mail
 • "The most compelling analysis of Canadian stories since Margaret Atwood's book Survival." --Ottawa Citizen
Biographical NoteNOAH RICHLER made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998. He was the books editor and then the literary columnist for the National Post, and has contributed to numerous publications in Canada and Britain, including The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. His first book, This Is My Country, What's Yours?, won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto, ON.