The Best Laid Plans

Category: Book
By (author): Fallis, Terry
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Humorous / General
  FICTION / Political
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
Awards: Canada Reads (2011) Winner
Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour (2008) Winner
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: September 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.90in x 6.90in x 2.30in
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From The Publisher*WINNER OF CBC CANADA READS

This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good--a terrific Canadian political satire.

Here's the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election--but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock--an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers--to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.

Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn't care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious--and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.
Review Quote*WINNER OF THE STEPHEN LEACOCK MEDAL FOR HUMOUR
WINNER OF CBC CANADA READS

"Amusing, enlightening--and Canadian, and it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa's political culture." The Globe and Mail

"This is a funny book that could only have been written by someone with firsthand knowledge of politics in Canada, including its occasionally absurd side. This is a great read for anyone thinking of running for office, and especially reassuring for those who have decided not to."  The Hon. Allan Rock, former Justice Minister and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
Biographical NoteTERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and went to McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for Cabinet Ministers both at Queen's Park and in Ottawa. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, was re-published to great reviews by McClelland & Stewart, and was selected the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads competition. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children and blogs about his writing life at www.terryfallis.com.