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.
The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plansearning very positive reviews. In September 2015, itdebuted as a stage musical in Vancouver, produced by Touchstone Theatre and Patrick Street Productions.
Following his award win, Fallis signed with McClelland & Stewart, which republished The Best Laid Plans through its Douglas Gibson Books imprint in September 2008. A sequel, The High Road, was published by Douglas Gibson Books in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. His third novel, again published by M&S, Up and Down, debuted on The Globe and Mail Bestsellers list in September 2012. It was a finalist for the 2013 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. His fourth book, No Relation, was published by Douglas Gibson Books in May 2014 and won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. His fifth novel, Poles Apart, was published in the fall of 2015 and opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and was again a shortlisted finalist for the Stephen Leacock Award in 2016.