Up and Down

Up and Down

A Novel

Book - 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.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
ISBN: 9780771047961
Branch Call Number: FAL
Characteristics: 414 p. ;,21 cm

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No_Stalkers4Me
Aug 21, 2016

Fun, engaging, poignant. Recommend.

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StarGladiator
Feb 13, 2016

Terry Fallis is a writer that can take the seemingly mundane and rustic, and transform it into a light and lively and humorously appealing story!
My kind of author.

0Charlie Sep 09, 2015

This was a light and very enjoyable read, as I had hoped from reading Fallis's "Best Laid Plans". There is a lovely Canadian feel permeating every observation and detail. Although the actual storyline is obviously fictional, the main characters are fun and its great rooting for them. I look forward to other Terry Fallis works.

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winterwarrior99
Mar 05, 2015

This is one of the best humour books I have read. While the situation is a touch far-fetched, it is a great, well-written book. I recommend to all readers of humour.

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kancruze
Mar 02, 2015

This book starts off a little slow and plodding compared to his 'Best Laid Plans' but quickly makes up for it when they pick the Canadian winner of a contest. I won't say more than that and spoil it. But, after that point, I couldn't put it down and read late into the night. A funny and very satisfying read.

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GLNovak
Oct 13, 2013

Canadians are such polite, resourceful, polite, self-confident, polite, generous, polite, handy, polite, well-wishing, polite people, and Fallis has captured all that in this latest novel. David is an endearing character who always is thinking outside the box to achieve his aims. He honestly cares about what he does, and seems to operate with a physician's 'do no harm' motto humming alongside 'do the right thing' in the back of his head. I loved the humanity and humanness throughout the story; the caring that David and the doctor show for each other and for those around them is wonderful. The idea of a citizen astronaut is intriguing, and with the Canadian twist of finding a definitely on-the-surface-totally-unqualified candidate adds the quirky to the mix. Oh, what will those Canadians do, think, and say next? The story has a good pace and just carries me along so well that I was disappointed when it is over. I hope Fallis has many more books in his writer's satchel just clamouring to get on paper - or is it, on a reading device of your choice.

ctjtdt123 Jun 18, 2013

I just love the books written by Terry Fallis. I was a bit dissapointed with the subject of his new one, that was a mistake I loved it, I'm sure that Chis Hadfield read this book before his great journey into space, can't wait for the next one.I check his website everyday hoping for news.

circlesquare May 13, 2013

With interest so high in space travel due to Chris Hatfield, this fiction mimics real life. Humourous and engaging, it is a fun quick read.

Hazeldeantag Apr 29, 2013

The quintessential Canadian book with a comedic twist. Recommended for adults.

David is such a great guy! He scurries around the traps set by his high stress work place; he thinks outside the box in a quintisential Canadian way and the good guys win but only very politely. This is as great a read as Best Laid Plans and i can't wait for the next Fallis opus.

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