Up And Down by Terry FallisUp And Down by Terry Fallis

Up And Down

byTerry Fallis

Paperback | September 11, 2012

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The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency.
On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

Equal parts clever and satirical, thoughtful and affecting, Up and Down is Terry Fallis at his best, confirming his status as a Canadian literary star.

TERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from 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 Medal for Humour, was re-published by...
Title:Up And DownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.17 × 5.74 × 1.06 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771047967

ISBN - 13:9780771047961


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Laugh I love all of Terry Fallis's books and this one had me laughing out loud!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very funny thought it was just as good as the best laid plans
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lively and full of fun I took this book on vacation with me and it was the perfect thing to read. Fun, easy-to-read, witty, lively and really entertaining. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great romp from Terry Fallis Hold on now as the world of PR collides with federal science and tech.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read! I love Terry's writing and this book does not disappoint. Looking forward to more great reads from him!
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, great, great. Terry Fallis is becoming a national treasure. His writing is captivating, funny, engaging, and addictive. Reading his novels will always leave you a good mood. Without a moment's hesitation, I recommend this and all of his novels.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and Down A terrific romp accompanied by fascinating and engaging companions ... Exactly what I've come to expect from Terry Fallis! Space, feisty women, epic (PR) battles ... A wonderful read!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Up and down Just as good a read as the previous two. Terry has a wonderful Sense of humour!
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Up and Doen This book had me laughing out loud at times and with warm fuzzy feelings at others. It was really enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Canadian Satire Funny, heartwarming... a Fallis fixture.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Canadian read! Steph and Beth Nelson...highly suggest you gals rad this one..
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and Down Once again Terry Fallis' literature imitates real life, or real life imitates his stories, what with Chris Hadfield stories appearing almost weekly in the press. Mr Fallis creates characters who are bright, witty and fallible and we jump on board for the ride,
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid ride This book is not my usual fare. I am more a blood and guts, thriller reader. However, because of the quality of the writing and the interesting characters and story line, I was captivated. I wanted to know what happened at every turn. I laughed aloud on a number of occasions. And it is a story that will stay with me. Normally, I close the cover of a book and forget it. Not this.
Date published: 2013-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Up and Down A good light, humorous read with good technical details and some real twists?
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and Down. After reading and loving The Best Laid Plans and The High Road, Terry has another winner with Up and Down. I can't wait for the next one!!!
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and Down Great story, delightful humour. Can't wait for the next book Mr Fallis!
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and down Very rivoting . kept me laughing out loud ,til tears flowed down. Aptly titled. Excellent read.
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canadian Literarure Three for three, Mr. Fallis, thank you for another amazing read!
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Loved every page, I just couldn't put it down. Great story line captivating characters gets your heart racing touching every emotion along the way. A must read, this would be a perfect Christmas present for anyone because I couldn't see anybody not enjoying this book........................
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! The Good Stuff •Descriptions of the PR world - dead on accurate. Ok, I only worked in a PR agency for a year, but I think I worked with some of the characters in this novel •Oh so very Canadian - and I mean that in a good way •Could not put the book down, eventhough it wasn't my usual fast paced type novel - it was just so damn interesting and funny I was affected that very same way. I stayed up way too late reading it and would even read it while brushing my teeth and drying my hair •Absolutely hilarious yet heartwearming and honest •Plot is so unusual, yet at the same time, you cannot believe someone hasn't thought of this already •If you do not fall in love with L. Percival there is something horribly wrong with you •Filled with tons of commentary on US/Canada relations - but not done in a mean way •Now if every Canadian writer could write like us I would stop making those snarky comments about Canadian literary writers (you know the ones that are depressing and write about the Bush -- ok, come on my schooling did it to me -- one can only take so much Laurence, etc) •You know what, check out the passages section and if it appeals to you -- go pre-order the book, you will not be disappointed - think I better make sure my chapters store has lots of copies as I will be selling this one, it is so good and will appeal to so many The Not So Good Stuff •It ended and I was just having so much fun I wanted more -- get back and write me some more Fallis! •Quite frankly I am really disappointed that the story isn't real -- man I loved Landon Percival so much Favorite Quotes/Passages "Docking procedure" may be the better way to describe the manoeuvre that rolled her up to the strealined chrome and glass desk that would not have looked out of place on the bridge of a Federation starship. I half-expected an order to lay in a course for the Vega system. She caught my stare. "I know. It's ridiculous, isn't it?" she said, running her hand across the gleaming elliptical surface. "The jacka** before me was into sci-fi and spent an obscene sum redecorating before New York toasted him last year. Now I'm stuck with it." "He's started out as an arrogant, right-wing, conceited jerk who viewed Landon, and everything about her with undisguised disdain, bordering on contempt. Now as the launch approached, he seemed to have evolved int an arrogant, right-wing, conceited jerk who had come to accept, respect, and even enjoy Landon, largly through her own generosity towards him. I still thought he was an a**, but Landon would hear none of it." "But I was about at my limit. I hate when people use the word "tolerant" to describe how enlightened they are about gays and lesbians. It would never be acceptable to say that someone is "tolerant" of women, or blacks, or Roman Catholics. But somehow it's still okay to be "tolerant" of a lesbian." Who Should/Shouldn't Read •Um - well - if you are Canadian you will not stop laughing and shaking your head at times •Americans - you might be a little ticked off - but just remember its all in good fun & lets face it most of you think we all live in the Great White North, say Eh and wear lumberjacks. Don't worry we sometimes do the same thing and think you are gun toting maniacs -- we are both wrong and I love ya all (Well except for that Bush guy -- we kinda know he is a moron) •If you have worked in the PR field - you will get it and enjoy •Most importantly if you have an interest in space travel this will appeal to you - Fallis obviously has a passion for it 5 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review - thanks guys stayed up much too late reading this and now must go buy his other books - damn you book pimps you
Date published: 2012-09-11

Editorial Reviews

“One of CanLit’s crowned king of chuckles, Terry Fallis hits stratospheric heights with his latest well-balanced and unpredictable satire.”—Telegraph-Journal  “Not too many Canucks have ventured to write humorous books. There is Stephen Leacock, of course. And Robertson Davies cranked out a couple . . . Count Terry Fallis among the few to achieve success at the form.”—Ottawa Citizen"Gently satirical and intelligently frothy, Up and Down achieves a delightful weightlessness as transporting as the space voyage it deals with." —Andrew Pyper, author of The Guardians"A rollicking good ride. Funny one moment, serious the next, always compelling: a reminder that we can all dream." —Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut, Member of Parliament