The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

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Selected as the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Winner!

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.

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About Terry Fallis

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TERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade." His follow-up, The High Road, was a finalist for the 2011 Leacock Medal. A skilled public speaker, Terry Fallis is also cofounder of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Author Residence: Toronto
Published March 26, 2010 by Emblem Editions. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I will admit I was a bit apprehensive about this book initially because I am not well-versed in politics — nor do I want to be.

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It’s just that I’m feeling disinclined to enter into a Canada Reads discussion here and would just prefer if somehow the debates didn’t affect my thoughts on this book or my review of it.

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