The Best Laid Plans Paperback – Sep 5 2008
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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
About the Author
TERRY 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.See all Product Description
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This is a remarkable exception, doubly exceptional in that it is Canadian. I can think of no other Canadian political fiction that achieves the same quality. It is very well written and, in places, absolutely belly-laughing hilarious. Yet is does bear a recognizable resemblance to actual goings on in Canada's capital.
I first came across this in the form of a very well done CBC miniseries of the same title which I very much enjoyed. That led me to the book on which the television production was, at least in part, based. The book was, in its own way, excellent and the quality was continued in the highly entertaining sequel, High Road. I cannot remember when I have laughed so hard at any account of the tragi-comic world of Canadian political shenanigans.
I highly recommend both these excellent books to Canadian readers.
(I am afraid much of the humour will be missed by those "from away".)
Buy this book for anyone you know who has an interest in Parliament. Buy it for anyone you know who has an interest in politics. Buy it, even for those we all know who are cynics about our political system. It will make them laugh out loud and make them care about our democracy.
Most recent customer reviews
The best humorous book I've read. The characters were brought to life by the Author.
Terry Fallis is brilliant!
As a student with little previous interest in politics I found this novel very interesting and hard to put down. A story all about staying true to your beliefs.Published 3 months ago
Terry Fallis is among the best humourous writers in Canada. He provides hilarious glimpses into how Canada's federal government works (or doesn't work quite often! Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. L. Fernet-Bishop
The book is witty and gives a view, although rather far fetched at times, of life in Canadain politics.Published 6 months ago by speel
It is so funny, haven't laughed so hard in a long time. So Canadian!! Loved it.Published 8 months ago by Eleanor Adams