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The Best Laid Plans

By Terry Fallis

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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 ( or e-mail (

Customer Reviews

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!

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.

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.

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