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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.


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    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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    Great Read

    I loved this book - it was really funny - just a great read!

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    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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    The best laid plans

    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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    Unapologetically Canadian!!!

    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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