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Selected as the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Winner!

This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good — a terrific Canadian political satire.

Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock — an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers — to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.

Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn’t care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious — and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Best Laid Plans
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4.2 / 5
Perfect for Canucks
October 26th, 2015
If you are a Canadian politico and avid reader don't miss this book. Hilarious and a fresh perspective.
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The funniest book I've ever read
September 3rd, 2015
I laughed my way through the entire story! Terry Fallis has a very droll sense of humour and a great turn of phrase. I was at a cottage with friends and I just kept bursting out laughing. A great read at any time, but especially during an election campaign. Lots of insider knowledge of the workings of the political process in Canada. I really enjoyed this book!
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Unapologetically Canadian!!!
January 7th, 2015
I was so thrilled and entertained by the genuine Canadian presence in this book, especially appreciating that there are no cheesey caricature images or Canadian stereotypes, but instead just good, funny humour that happens to be Canadian. I laughed out loud during so many moments of this book. I just may start on page one and begin again!
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Compelling satire but a bit flat
November 14th, 2014
While I enjoyed reading this satire of Canadian government (there's nothing like government to bring Canada together), this book fell a bit flat for me. To me it felt like the author had a very older-straight-white-man perspective and the book often makes jokes about "alternative" lifestyles - the way the Petes are treated is especially indicative of this - that feel very much like a "get-off-my-lawn" statement. Women weren't treated the best in this book either.
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Best laid plans
September 26th, 2014
Love it. Very entertaining.
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Enjoyable Easy Read
September 18th, 2014
I was really spellbound throughout the entire book.
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August 20th, 2014
Such a great story! Love his brilliant writing and his sense of humour. He's easily my most favorite canadian author. I've also read all of his other books. You won't be disappointed.
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The best laid plans
August 6th, 2014
I did not care for this book. Everything just seemed to fall into place for the protagonists very easily. There was no struggle. It reminded me of a book written for early teens. Also the writer often had the main characters make fun of the poor grammar of other characters. I found that very pretentious.
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Reader
June 29th, 2014
Great political book. For someone who hasn't followed politics too deeply, I found that it did bring in some interest in a fun way.
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Found this just before CBC showed it
March 9th, 2014
Thank you Leisa, for recommending this book to me three years ago. It takes me a while to get around to following people's recommendations, but in this case, I'm very glad I did. Angus M. for Prime Minister of the Universe!
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January 29th, 2014
This book was a wonderful change of pace for me. At times I was literally laughing out loud! A lighthearted look at politics and the wheeling and dealing that no doubt goes on behind the scenes in Ottawa.
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January 29th, 2014
This book was a great read. The characters are interesting and it was fun to read a book set in Ottawa with the backdrop of the Canadian political scene.
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January 28th, 2014
I found this book super funny to the point of laughing out loud! It's a fun, good read and very Canadian. Highly recommended.
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January 28th, 2014
A truly delightful and insightful satire of Canadian politics. It kept me smiling and laughing and asking "where is Angus McClintock when we need him". I've recommended it to many others.
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January 28th, 2014
I laughed out loud reading this book!! Fantastic.
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January 27th, 2014
A great look at the simple side of a Canadian politics! Funny and frustrating! It makes you ask the question....why would anyone go into politics? Whether you're a political junkie or new to the goings-on up on Parliament Hill, you'll enjoy this, for sure!
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A great read!
January 24th, 2014
Whether you are a political junkie, or just shake your head at anyone who could possibly consider entering politics, this is a book worth reading! Funny, enlightening, with great characters and a great setting. You'll love it!
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January 24th, 2014
This book is a hilarious and heartfelt ride. You fall in love with Angus right from the start and root for him all the way to the end. Terry Fallis' way of writing pulls the story together in such a way that it's very hard to put the book down. This is a must read for anyone looking to bring a little politics into their life.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This is a book with a very funny, if improbable, story line. As if the plot of an non-election campaign that backfires isn't funny enough, it's the view and insight in Canadian National politics that gives the novel a familiarity that Canadians can relate to while adding to its' hilarity. A great read and a deserving winner of Canada Reads.
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January 23rd, 2014
If you are interested in Canadian politics this is for you. This satire had me laughing and crying. It reminded me of working in election campaign offices and going door to door trying to get support for a candidate that no one really paid attention to. If we had more people running for office it would make the election much more interesting and give people a reason to come out to vote. Thanks Terry!
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The best laid plans
January 20th, 2014
A bit too much convenient happenstance and a stretch of facts i.e. spoiled ballots being reported, which unfortunately they are not, but funny and intriguing. Bretty biased as to political leaning, but does not try to slip it in.
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The Best Laid Plans
January 8th, 2014
Excellent book. Enjoyed it immensely.
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Best Laid Plans
January 4th, 2014
Loved it. Seemed real, loved Angus as a character.
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Best Laid Plans
January 4th, 2014
Loved it. Seemed real, loved Angus as a character.
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Laughing out loud!
January 4th, 2014
This book will keep you laughing out loud, particularly if you know something about the workings of Parliament in Canada. The author's obsession with the English language is not only amusing but also offers numerous learning moments. A must buy!
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The Best Laid Plans
December 28th, 2013
Well written, humorous look at Canadian politics from the inside. Opens the eyes to just how ridiculous our elected officials can get, and gives hope that some one, some time will come along with the guts to take us back to "government for the people"
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Comical Insightful
December 28th, 2013
Great read real page turner. Made me a lot more interested in following the hilarity of real canadian politics, the stuff that can't be made up! Great job Terry absolutely looking forward to catching the mini series coming up on CBC inspired by this novel!
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November 11th, 2013
When I picked up a copy of this book, I had just joined a book club in my community. I wanted to meet new people, hopefully those around my age, and finally absorb different reading material. I met some new people, even though older than I. But this book was definitely outside my familiarity of reading material. Did I enjoy it? It was ok. I have a dislike of comedy, but this variation was ok. I agree that the writer was creative with his spin on a what if a regular guy entered politics. It made me laugh at times. I'm stuck on the believeabilityness of the book. Yes, this is a work of fiction, so it cannot be true real life. But as a reader, I just could not relate to these characters. I could never see myself wanting to live in Mr Fallis' fantasy world. His world felt too-made up. I guess that makes me the exception, since this was the award winner for 2011 Canada Reads. But it does not surprise me that it won that particular contest. It is a book on someone's what if on Canadian politics, feeding the general public's question of what if a regular guy goes into politics and succeeds? It gives most Canadians a good feeling that they are not alone in that thought. This book appeals to such a large audience. In the end, I don't think I would read another of Terry Fallis' books. Sorry, just not for me.
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Worth the read
October 5th, 2013
Should be read by all students of high school civics!
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Really enjoyed it
August 29th, 2013
Still current politically, loved the comment on the allowance for living outside Ottawa. Too bad a number of our current Senators don't feel the same way
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The best Laid Plans
June 2nd, 2013
Awesome. The first novel I have read in 4 years. I am not politically minded so a bit of an odd choice but recommended by friends. I was hocked from the first chapter. A must read for anyone. You may actually learn something about our political system!
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Great Read
March 25th, 2013
I loved this book - it was really funny - just a great read!
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