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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.

Equal parts clever and satirical, thoughtful and affecting, Up and Down is Terry Fallis at his best, confirming his status as a Canadian literary star.

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Up and Down
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3.9 / 5
Great, great, great.
November 7th, 2014
Terry Fallis is becoming a national treasure. His writing is captivating, funny, engaging, and addictive. Reading his novels will always leave you a good mood. Without a moment's hesitation, I recommend this and all of his novels.
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August 5th, 2014
Just as good a read as the previous two. Terry has a wonderful Sense of humour!
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A solid ride
August 23rd, 2013
This book is not my usual fare. I am more a blood and guts, thriller reader. However, because of the quality of the writing and the interesting characters and story line, I was captivated. I wanted to know what happened at every turn. I laughed aloud on a number of occasions. And it is a story that will stay with me. Normally, I close the cover of a book and forget it. Not this.
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Up and Down
August 21st, 2013
A good light, humorous read with good technical details and some real twists?
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June 4th, 2013
Great story, delightful humour. Can't wait for the next book Mr Fallis!
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Canadian Literarure
March 15th, 2013
Three for three, Mr. Fallis, thank you for another amazing read!
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