The High Road

Publisher: Emblem Editions
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.


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....
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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