Terry Fallis


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Terry Fallis was born in 1959, and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He earned his engineering degree from McMaster University in 1983 but was more interested in politics. His first job after graduating was as a political staffer on Jean Chretien's 1984 leadership campaign. In the succeeding several years, he worked on Parliament Hill and at Queen's Park as a political advisor to Liberal cabinet ministers. In 1988, he entered the consulting world as a public affairs and communications consultant. He co-founded Thornley Fallis in 1995, a full service public relations and social media agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. In 2007, he podcast his debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, chapter by chapter, and then self-published it after spending an unsuccessful year peddling his manuscript to agents and publishers. The Best Laid Plans, a satirical novel of Canadian politics, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the first self-published book ever to win the award. Immediately thereafter, he signed a publishing deal with McClelland & Stewart, who brought out the novel in September 2008.

Books by Terry Fallis

The Best Laid Plans
An honest man is accidentally elected to Parliament.
The High Road
Up and Down
No Relation
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Added 12 June 2009.
Updated 08 May 2014.