The High Road
The High Road
By Terry Fallis
Emblem Editions, Paperback, 9780771047879, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws icy cold water over his plans. Angus has just brought down the government with a deciding vote. Now the crusty Scot wants Daniel to manage his next campaign.
Soon Daniel is helping Angus fight an uphill battle against "Flamethrower" Fox, a Conservative notorious for his dirty tactics. Together they decide to take "The High Road" and--against all odds--turn the race into a nail-biter with hilarious ups and downs, cookie-throwing seniors, and even a Watergate-style break-in. But that's only the beginning. Add a political storm in the capital and a side-splitting visit from the U.S. President and his alcoholic wife, and Terry Fallis's second novel is a wildly entertaining read full of deft political satire and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Praise for The Best Laid Plans:
"Amusing, enlightening . . . it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa's political culture."
— Globe and Mail
"Brisk and humorous."
— Ottawa Citizen
"A funny book that could only have been written by someone with firsthand knowledge of politics . . . including its occasionally absurd side."
— The Hon. Allan Rock, former Justice Minister and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
"Terry Fallis has found the cure for Canada's political malaise: a stubborn, old, irreverent Scotsman with nothing to lose."
— Tom Allen, CBC Radio host