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The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency.

On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

Up and Down Terry Fallis

    • Arts
    • 4.8, 11 Ratings

The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency.

On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

scieditor ,

Too funny to "read" in public

Snorting with laughter, tears of emotion... getting less and less patient waiting for the next chapter.

I think it was Chapter 9 that literally had me guffawing as well as wiping away sad tears. My neighbours must wonder why hanging laundry makes me so emotional.

It's the scenes that make you laugh, not tired linguistic tricks. The characters are complete, not one-sided plot devices. The pacing keeps things moving and catches with you off-guard with hilarity. The technical bits of setting or history or science flow right into the story's momentum. There are hints of tangential story lines - I wonder if he'll wrap them up in a bow or leave them messy like real life.

It's just great story telling, and great listening. Terry has read his work well, and he writes in a way that suits reading aloud. It's efficient, natural, and ... did I say hilarious?

His other 2 books are highly entertaining as well. But I do think his writing continues to improve - and I very much prefer the science aspects of this tale over the political aspects of TBLP (which is also hilarious).

aha1980 ,

Thanks Terry!

Really enjoyed Terry's previous books and this one so far is lots of fun too. It's so nice of him to read them to us for free. Looking forward to the book coming out!

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