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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).

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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).

    A special announcement about The High Road, the sequel to The Best Laid Plans

    A special announcement about The High Road, the sequel to The Best Laid Plans

    Terry Fallis announces the start of the podcast version of The High Road, the sequel to his award-winning debut novel, The Best Laid Plans.

    The music that opens and closes this podcast is Winter Serenade by Jon Schmidt and is available through Music Alley. The voice at the very beginning belongs to Roger Dey.

    • 2 min
    Terry Fallis discusses his novel on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter

    Terry Fallis discusses his novel on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter

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    Several weeks ago I went into the CBC Radio studios in Toronto to record a segment for Shelagh Roger's wonderful book program called The Next Chapter.  Well, it hit the airwaves today.  Here's the three and a half minute segment.  Many thanks to producer Tom Howell, and host Shelagh Rogers at CBC Radio.

    • 3 min
    Special Edition: My strange journey to the published land

    Special Edition: My strange journey to the published land

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    It's been about 16 months since the last special episode of The Best Laid Plans podcast but so much has happened in my side-line life as a writer that it's high time I brought all of you up to date.  So here's a talk I did recently at the Women's Canadian Club of Toronto about The Best Laid Plans and my unorthodox and unlikely journey to the published land.  I hope you enjoy it.  It's been quite a ride and I'm grateful for all the support along the way.

    Comments are invited on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.



    The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
    provides the voice that opens the podcast.

    • 49 min
    Special Edition: TBLP is now a book!

    Special Edition: TBLP is now a book!

    In this special edition, Terry updates listeners on the publication and availability of The Best Laid Plans as a book.

    Comments are invited on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.


    Thanks so much for listening. It's been a thrill for me to podcast my
    humble novel. Your comments have been very generous and encouraging.
    I'm grateful.  The sequel is in the works.


    The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
    provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
    blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
    Boisvert.

    • 6 min
    The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 19

    The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 19

    This week, the final installment, Chapter 19 including: The snow storm
    brings Ottawa to its knees; the Government House Leader pulls a fast
    one; the call goes forth for MPs to brave the storm and make it to the
    House for the mini-budget vote; Angus and Andre Fontaine share a wild
    ride to Parliament Hill; Angus writes in his diary.


    Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.


    Thanks so much for listening. It's been a thrill for me to podcast my
    humble novel. Your comments have been very generous and encouraging.
    I'm grateful.


    I will keep blogging as I continue down the road to publishing The Best Laid Plans.
    At this moment, it seems that the novel will be available online at
    Amazon and Chapters-Indigo in the summer. I will keep you all posted
    here on the blog. Thanks again, it's been a blast.


    The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
    provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
    blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
    Boisvert

    • 35 min
    The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 18

    The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 18

    This week, Chapter 18 including: Environment Canada and the media pay a
    visit to Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Reaction to the mini-budget rolls
    in; Debate rages in the House; Angus and Daniel confront UFDs
    (unidentified flying doughnuts); Daniel and Linsday tour the National
    Gallery and then are snowed in at the Chateau Laurier; Angus writes in
    his diary.
    Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for the final episode, Chapter 19.





    The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
    provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
    blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
    Boisvert.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Abbiecw ,

Brilliant and Witty

This podcast novel was truly great and motivated me to listen carefully and attentively to every interesting and witty sentence. The writing shows a brilliant intelligence and deep thought. The author’s voice is a pleasure to listen to. Terry Fallis has a great talent with using descriptive and lively language. I was moved deeply by the journal entries of Angus addressed to his deceased wife at the end of each chapter. The sentiments are very touching and communicate deep love, tenderness, and profound grief. Thank you for this great book, which I downloaded through Podiobooks. I am really looking forward to listening to other iTune podcasts by Terry Fallis.

nosenabook ,

Not the Evening News

I was reluctant to listen to a novel about politics until I heard another fan saying the same thing, and finishing up with how much he'd enjoyed it. "Give it a try," he said, "you won't be sorry," and that's what I'm telling you. This is not politics as told on TV, it is living, breathing characters, some of them you will wish were your friends and neighbors, some of them you will wish you *had* seen on the news! All of them are entertaining and colorful.
Another thing you should know is that you will often have to explain why you are laughing so hard.
"The Best Laid Plans" is a great book, very well read by the author. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

Dan York ,

Outstanding political satire, regardless of whether you live in Canada or not

Terry Fallis tells a hilarious and excellent story of a plan to exit politics that goes awry and winds up very reluctantly bringing into office the kind of honorable and direct politician I think we all would like to have, regardless of the country in which we live. While obviously focused on Canadian politics and customs, Terry provides enough commentary to clue those of outside the world of Ottawa into some of the nuances of that particular flavor of democracy. Very enjoyable and fun to listen to, regardless of your nationality or political leanings. You'll find yourself wondering what next will happen to Daniel and Angus... and looking forward to the next episode!

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