The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Thirty-something Daniel Addison is jaded and burned out from his Parliament Hill job as a speech writer for the Liberal Leader of the Opposition. After a messy breakup with his girlfriend, Daniel is eager to escape the duplicitous world of Canadian politics, so he accepts a faculty position with the University of Ottawa's English Department. He soon moves into a boathouse apartment in nearby Cumberland owned by Angus McLintock, a cranky engineering professor in his sixties who is mourning the recent loss of his wife.Both Angus and Daniel intend to retreat from the world for a while, but fate won't have it. Angus is desperate to avoid teaching English to first-year engineering students yet again. Daniel, as penance for abandoning his party on the eve of an election, must find a Liberal candidate to run in ultra-Conservative Cumberland. In an unlikely alliance, Angus consents to stand as the in-name-only, certain-to-lose Liberal candidate, and Daniel agrees to take Angus's English class.Everything is going according to plan until the voters are suddenly forced to take a closer look at Angus, throwing his certain defeat into doubt. Scrambling to deal with this unexpected development, Angus and Daniel land in the middle of a hilarious political maelstrom that tests not only their friendship but their beliefs in government and democracy.
Publisher: Lincoln, Neb. : iUniverse, 2007.
ISBN: 9780595428724
Branch Call Number: FALLI
Characteristics: xii, 257 p.


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Winner of a Stephen Leacock Award for Humour as well as the Canada Reads 'essential Canadian novel of the decade' - but don't hold that against it! Fun and political, at the same time.

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OttawaReads Aug 13, 2013

A humourous satire about a political speech writer who goes back to teaching and winds up helping a colleague run for a losing seat in Parliament. To their surprise, the run turns into an actual race, with unexpected consequences. This novel, also available as an e-book, was followed in 2010 wit... Read More »

0Charlie Jun 28, 2012

Didn't think I would enjoy a book dealing with Canadian politics ... BUT it is the enjoyable and quirky characters that drive this work. A low-budget (actually no-budget) politic campaign with no hopes (and no desires) to win is littered with colourful beings and outrageous situations. Much fun.

Winner of a Stephen Leacock Award for Humour as well as the Canada Reads 'essential Canadian novel of the decade' - but don't hold that against it! Fun and political, at the same time.

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Jan 30, 2020

This is one crazy book! I definitely recommend it.

Feb 16, 2018

I do not like politics, but I loved this book. Funny and smart.

Oct 12, 2017

I heard he is coming to Aurora on October 19!

You can find more details here:

Can't wait to meet him and hear him speak!

Jun 03, 2017

Funny book about Canadian politics. How I wish we could have some candidates like Angus who really try to do the right thing rather than blindly follow the party line on every issue.

Mar 26, 2017

Fallis’ style is overblown, farcical and a fun read (Stephen Leacock Humour Award) as he takes the mickey out of the hysterics of Canadian (or any other country’s) politics. Fallis uses a 60 year old Engineering prof, who wins the election *accidentally*, as his foil to make his more serious points about the need for integrity in politicians, and for the invasive media to leave their private lives alone. For someone like me who loves to hate politics and the media, I was glad to see it. Despite spoon-fed over-writing, I ate up the satire, tolerated the occasional slapstick, and admired his shameless use of deus ex machina borrowed from ancient Greek dramatics.

Dec 28, 2016

What a delightful book!! Funny is putting in mildly! It is hilarious. Not only that but it is well written with true to life and believable script, wonderful character development, and a truly Canadian plot! It really ought to be required reading for any government or civics class, even if just for fun! A must read for Canadians!

Jan 20, 2016

First there was // Mr. Smith Goes to Washington \\ now there is // Angus Goes to Ottawa \\.
Charming, the keyword is charming - - a charmingly humorous book on another side of Canadian politics - - pass the Molsons, please.

Oct 02, 2015

Excellent book! I was considering stopping after a shortway through due to the emphasis on politics, however I couldn't actually put the book down and made it through to the end. It was delightful and witty, stimulating, and informative. Also provides a good glimpse into federal Canadian politics.

Aug 06, 2015

Hilarious and heartwarming - a winning combination. Perfect read to get a sense of what may be going on behind Canadian election antics. Ordered the sequel, can hardly wait!

Jul 30, 2015

Based on other reviews I looked forward to reading this book. I gave it my best shot, reading about a third of the way through. This kind of humour and writing style was fresh when Stephen Leacock did it. I found it pedantic and wordy and as a result, had a hard time getting into the story.

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