Terry Fallis

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in Toronto, Canada




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October 2008

Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, including his latest, Albatross, all published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, 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 Plans earning very positive reviews. In September 2015, it debuted as a stage musical in Vancouver. The High Road was published in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry's third novel, Up and Down, was released in September 2012. It debuted on the Globe and Mail best ...more

Average rating: 3.87 · 19,202 ratings · 2,534 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Best Laid Plans

3.89 avg rating — 9,399 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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The High Road

3.99 avg rating — 2,408 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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Up and Down

3.94 avg rating — 2,205 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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No Relation

3.65 avg rating — 1,669 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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Poles Apart

3.71 avg rating — 1,381 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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One Brother Shy

3.96 avg rating — 1,063 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 1,060 ratings5 editions
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4.29 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Terry made a comment on Kate’s review of Albatross
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" Thanks so much! All the best with your writing. "
Terry and 2 other people liked Kate's review of Albatross:
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"Terry Fallis is my favourite Canadian author. I fell head over heels in love with his writing when the Best Laid Plans came out, and I think this book might be my next favourite....when I read his work it feels like this man lives inside my brain and" Read more of this review »
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Terry and 8 other people liked Carolyn's review of One Brother Shy:
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"I very much enjoyed The Best Laid Plans for which Terry Fallis was awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and was chosen by CBC as the essential read of the decade. I also liked The High Road.
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Terry and 4 other people liked Patricia Filteau's review of One Brother Shy:
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"One Brother Shy was a satisfying read, as has been my experience with all of Terry Fallis’ novels to date. I continue to marvel at how the author explores very serious subjects affecting primary relationships, social change, society and socio-politic" Read more of this review »
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" So good to meet you when I was out west. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel. Hope our paths cross again. "
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Up and Down by Terry Fallis
" Wow. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you enjoy the others, too. "
Terry answered a question about Poles Apart:
Poles Apart by Terry Fallis
Wow! You caught something that I, my editor, the copyeditor, and the proofreader missed. I had no idea I'd switched to the Ford Escort later in the novel. It was always supposed to be the Ford Focus. Good catch. I'll try to have it changed in the tra See Full Answer
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“A life without challenge, a life without hardship, a life without purpose, seems pale and pointless. With challenge come perseverance and gumption. With hardship come resilience and resolve. With purpose come strength and understanding.”
Terry Fallis, The High Road

“the use of profanity for effect to be a practice of the weak-minded”
Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans

“one of the most famous split infinitives ... To boldly go”
Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans


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Victoria Yang Thanks for accepting my friend request! I was lucky enough to meet you at the Word on the Street festival in Kitchener a few years ago to get my copy of The Best Laid Plans signed. I'm looking forward to reading more of your works!

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