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The High Road

by Terry Fallis

McClelland & Stewart | September 7, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The High Road is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 9.
A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans, this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws icy cold water over his plans. Angus has just brought down the government with a deciding vote. Now the crusty Scot wants Daniel to manage his next campaign.

Soon Daniel is helping Angus fight an uphill battle against "Flamethrower" Fox, a Conservative notorious for his dirty tactics. Together they decide to take "The High Road" and — against all odds — turn the race into a nail-biter with hilarious ups and downs, cookie-throwing seniors, and even a Watergate-style break-in. But that''s only the beginning. Add a political storm in the capital and a side-splitting visit from the U.S. President and his alcoholic wife, and Terry Fallis''s second novel is a wildly entertaining read full of deft political satire and laugh-out-loud comedy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.47 × 5.51 × 0.85 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771047878

ISBN - 13: 9780771047879

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing sequel It simply kills me to give Terry Fallis' comic sequel, The High Road two stars. Throughout the entire reading, and subsequent post-deliberation, I kept wondering why it was did I not only find Fallis' humour lacking, but sometimes outright condescending, and what was it about the story arc left me feeling as though I needed a real, fully-balanced meal instead of some meal replacement drink. We again spend time with many of the main characters to whom Fallis introduced us in The Best Laid Plans. They walk on and off stage without much further development, little by way of evolution, and so Fallis leaves the interest and momentum of the novel to the plot. Which is perfectly fine. The plot, however, again looks vaguely familiar, with another unlikely campaign and election happening, the usual bout of falling on ice (instead of dog droppings), misadventures and misdemeanours. It's all rather deus ex machina. The humour, however, devolves much in the way Canadian parliamentary procedure and decorum has devolved, smacking somehow of insincerity, self-service, and partisan posturing. This go round humour comes at the expense of anything or anyone ill-fitted to white male, middle-class, liberal privilege. The two keen youths, endearingly monickered Pete1 and Pete2, are ridiculed for architectural and colourful hair, body art, as well as artistic expression in their clothing choices. Fat people are shoved into stereotypes and ridiculed. Middle-aged women are likewise labelled. After awhile the entire slap-stick, heavy-handed humour wears thin to the point I kept listening for the percussive ba-doom-ching of the vaudeville band. Along with what is, in my opinion, failed humour, is a condescension by way of education and literacy which in itself became humorous, simply because our erstwhile hero, Angus McLintock, on his way to correcting the abuse of the English language to any who dare speak, was foiled by poor copy-editing and proof-reading. There were many instances of a missing comma in dialogue, or a mis-spelling. Normally I would simply read over these omissions and forgive them as the foibles of human nature. But when you have a main character painstakingly particular about correct grammar and punctuating skills, well, you had better bloody well be sure the grammar and punctuation is perfect. Terry, your self-published first novel was better-edited than this sequel, I'm sorry to say. All considered, a disappointing sequel to what had been a brilliant debut.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I hope there are more books about Angus. It has only been four months since Angus McClintock became the MP for the Liberal party in a longtime Conservative riding, but due to spoilery things that happened at the end of The Best Laid Plans, there is another election already. Surprisingly, Angus has decided to run again. Angus is a rare honest “politician” (but really an engineering professor) who doesn't make decisions based on what's best for him politically, but makes those decisions based on what's best for Canada. This election will be tough on Angus, as he is up against a politician who is all about the negative attacks. Once again, Terry Fallis has made politics funny! I am not that into politics, but boy, these books are just so funny, and because of that, I am interested. I love Angus! The story is actually told from the point of view of Daniel, who works for Angus. You do get a bit of Angus's viewpoint at the end of each chapter, though, as he writes, in diary form, to his late wife. There are a number of other great supporting characters, as well. I hope Fallis continues to write stories about Angus. If he does, I, for one, will keep reading them.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He's done it again, don't pass it up I can tell you much of this book is predictable but never the less it is a wonderful read. How his character writes to his late wife before he retires makes you want to be a better man. Very well written I wish I had found this author years ago. His next book I will own in hard back. The story line is fast paced so it is a short but excellent read. Terry Fallis is now my favourite author.
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Worthy Sequel ... Terry Fallis has succeeded in writing a worthy sequel to his droll and pleasantly cynical exposé of Canadian politics "The Best Laid Plans". I found it delightfully easy to read and warmly recommend it.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book Wonderful follow up to Best Laid Plans. I hope Terry Fallis makes it into a trilogy.
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read for all Canadian Politicians I had high expectations for Terry Fallis' second book of the ongoing adventures of Angus McClintock and Daniel Addison, and this book does not fail. Whether you having a passing or keen interest in Canadian politics, our economy and the parliamentary process the humurous style will hold your interest while at the same time providing a much needed insight into the true role of federal parliamentarians. The writing continued to be of a high standard and challenged my vocabulary at times (Not to mention pushing my grammatical skills, I think I have struggled more with this review to ensure I did not make any mistakes, but I am sure I have!). All the characters, flaws and all, add to the charm and you care about what happens to each of them as the story progresses. I am not sure where Mr. Fallis will take this duo in the future, but I look forward to reading about their challenges as they try to always "take the high road".
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missing Emotion After reading "Best Laid Plans" I immediately ordered "The High Road". I enjoy the characters of Daniel and Angus, but I felt the plot was forced. There was much repetition it seemed to bring non-readers of the first book, up to date. I was disappointed by Angus' letters to Marin. They were so touching in the first book, but now, they were just recaps of the chapter from Angus' point of view. I sense a follow-up based on the hanging threads with Flamethrower Fox. If so, please return some of the emotion to Angus' letters. I felt it was a great part of the first novel, this one, not so much. I look forward to the next book.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terry Fallis has done it again! This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. With the right mix of humour and moving moments, it actually taught us quite a few positive messages and inspirations. As a sequel to "Best Laid Plans", it only trumps its predecessor. I have always wanted to learn about the system of Canadian government and politics, this novel is definitely a light and heart-opening primer.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terry Fallis has done it again. This book is just as delightful as his first "The Best Laid Plans" which introduced Angus McLintock as an irreverant, hilarious and principled MP, the likes of whom sadly don''t appear to grace our political community. I can only hope its members will read it and and learn from it to be become more trustworthy and likeable human beings. That they developTerry's sense of humour as well would obviously be asking too much. Buy as many copies as you can afford and give them to your friends for Christmas - cheaper and even more rewarding than a good bottle of malt.
Date published: 2010-10-25

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The High Road

by Terry Fallis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.47 × 5.51 × 0.85 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771047878

ISBN - 13: 9780771047879

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Chapter One     Politics is often a millstone around democracy’s neck, and it had become a noose around mine. But I had an escape plan. I was nearly free. Granted, I’d botched my first attempt. Or rather, I’d been undone by an eleventh-hour shocker completely beyond my control. But that was then. In a day or two, I’d be in the clear. Really.   I was seriously asleep when my BlackBerry chirped. When my eyes could finally recognize our alphabet, I read “B. Stanton” on the screen. Excellent. I’d hoped never to see that name on myBB ever again. Yet here it was. A call from the Liberal leader’s slippery Chief of Staff seldom sent me to my happy place. Just a day or two more.   I spoke quietly, trying not to waken Lindsay beside me. I need not have worried. When she slept, she went straight to the bottom.   “Daniel Addison,” I sighed.   “Is that you, Addison?”   “Uh, no Bradley, I just open with that name to confuse callers. I’m actually Tiger Woods,” I replied, no longer caring about pissing him off on my way out.   “Up yours!” he roared. “You’ve got call display. Why can’t you just pick up and say ‘Hi Bradley’? You knew it was me calling.”   “You mean ‘You knew it was I calling,’” I lectured. Too often, I corrected grammar on instinct, without thinking. “And ‘up yo
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A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans, this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws icy cold water over his plans. Angus has just brought down the government with a deciding vote. Now the crusty Scot wants Daniel to manage his next campaign.

Soon Daniel is helping Angus fight an uphill battle against "Flamethrower" Fox, a Conservative notorious for his dirty tactics. Together they decide to take "The High Road" and — against all odds — turn the race into a nail-biter with hilarious ups and downs, cookie-throwing seniors, and even a Watergate-style break-in. But that''s only the beginning. Add a political storm in the capital and a side-splitting visit from the U.S. President and his alcoholic wife, and Terry Fallis''s second novel is a wildly entertaining read full of deft political satire and laugh-out-loud comedy.

About the Author

Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and went to McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for Cabinet Ministers both at Queen''s Park and in Ottawa. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, was re-published to great reviews by McClelland & Stewart, and was selected the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads competition. His follow-up novel is The High Road. Terry Fallis is a skilled public speaker who relishes book promotion. He is the head of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children and blogs about his writing life at www.terryfallis.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Best Laid Plans:
"Amusing, enlightening . . . it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa''s political culture."
— Globe and Mail

"Brisk and humorous." 
— Ottawa Citizen

"A funny book that could only have been written by someone with firsthand knowledge of politics . . . including its occasionally absurd side." 
— The Hon. Allan Rock, former Justice Minister and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

"Terry Fallis has found the cure for Canada''s political malaise: a stubborn, old, irreverent Scotsman with nothing to lose." 
— Tom Allen, CBC Radio host