Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 270 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.24 in
Published: August 22, 2007
Publisher: Indigo PremierPlus
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 059542872X
ISBN - 13: 9780595428724
From the Publisher
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
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.
About the Author
Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) where he became engulfed in university politics and somehow persuaded the undergraduates to elect him President of Students Union. After graduation, he turned his back on engineering and joined future Prime Minister Jean Chretien?s full time staff for the 1984 federal Liberal Leadership campaign. He served on the political staff of the Liberal Minister of State for Youth, the Honourable Jean Lapierre, in the short-lived cabinet of Prime Minister John Turner. He stayed with Lapierre as his Legislative Assistant in opposition (1984-85) following the landslide victory of Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party. Terry returned to Toronto in 1985 as Legislative Assistant to the Honourable Robert Nixon, Treasurer (now called Finance Minister) in the newly-elected Liberal Ontario government led by Premier David Peterson. For nearly eight years (1988-95) after leaving provincial politics, he was a government affairs and communications consultant with international PR firm, Hill and Knowlton, including stints as Vice President running the Ontario government affairs group and finally President of Berger & Associates, a Hill and Knowlton subsidiary. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis with Joe Thornley, a full service communications consulting agency with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. Terry is also co-host of the popular business podcast, Inside PR. For nearly 20 years, Terry has couns
This is a funny book that could only have been written by someone
with firsthand knowledge of politics in Canada, including its
occasionally absurd side. It is a great read for anyone thinking of
running for office, and especially reassuring for those who have
decided not to."
The Hon. Allan Rock, former Justice Minister and Canadian
Bravo! This is a wonderful book with a clever and funny storyline.
Humour and heart run through these pages. The parliamentary setting
and the backroom shenanigans reel you in. Readers will never look
at a finance minister the same way again! I can't wait to buy
copies for my friends. I loved it!
The Honourable Paddy Torsney, Veteran MP and Parliamentary
Terry Fallis's novel has two things that kept me hooked:
characters that I cared about and a story that made me want to find
out what would happen next. And often, very often, there was a line
that made me laugh aloud or think twice-sometimes at the same
Novelist Mike Tanner, author of Acting the Giddy