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Welcome to the podcast version of The Best Laid Plans, the winner of the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. It's a satirical novel of Canadian politics, written and podcast by Terry Fallis. It recounts the unlikely and eventful alliance between a 30-something burnt out, jaded political staffer, and an older, cantankerous, engineering professor. Driven by a federal election and the life of the resulting minority conservative government, the novel moves between Ottawa, the national capital, and the small town of Cumberland, Ontario on the shores of the Ottawa River. While the characters and their exploits are often comical, serious ideas on politics and democracy underlie the fun.

Listener comments are welcome via the blog (www.terryfallis.com) or e-mail (tfallis@gmail.com).

The Best Laid Plans Terry Fallis

    • Arts
    • 4.7, 20 Ratings

Welcome to the podcast version of The Best Laid Plans, the winner of the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. It's a satirical novel of Canadian politics, written and podcast by Terry Fallis. It recounts the unlikely and eventful alliance between a 30-something burnt out, jaded political staffer, and an older, cantankerous, engineering professor. Driven by a federal election and the life of the resulting minority conservative government, the novel moves between Ottawa, the national capital, and the small town of Cumberland, Ontario on the shores of the Ottawa River. While the characters and their exploits are often comical, serious ideas on politics and democracy underlie the fun.

Listener comments are welcome via the blog (www.terryfallis.com) or e-mail (tfallis@gmail.com).

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

J. Majeau ,

Wow! Witty witty witty

This is an excellent book/podcast. I can’t believe it took me so long to find it. No wonder it won Canada’s highest award for humor. Terry’s writing style is smart and witty, and you need to listen closely, or you might miss a real gem. I love this book. I hope you keep on writing Terry!

Alexandre M. (V) ,

A work of art

This book is a work of art, and it was pure joy to listen to this podcast. Recommended by my sister, I had read the prologue - aloud, to my family - and was instantly hooked.
I was very happy to learn that Fallis wrote a sequel, I will listen to it starting immediately.

Mark Leslie ,

An Audio Treat

Listening to Terry Fallis read this novel via the podcast is an incredible audio treat and almost as good as having a chance to hear him read live at a book signing. I've had the pleasure of seeing Terry live at a book event, and this podcast comes really close to the experience.

Fallis introduces each chapter and reads from the novel as if you were seated comfortably in a lounge with a dear friend. Even the musical selection used at the beginning of each chapter eloquently sets the mood. Get cosy, settle down and prepare to listen to a superb storyteller who is absurdly funny. Think John Irving meets Rick Mercer and you come close to the combination of literary skill and insider political knowledge combined with a low brow and broad reaching humour.

And one last bit of advice -- Do try to sit securely in your seat because there are many moments in this novel in which you might be laughing so hard you'll fall right out of it.

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