The Best Laid Plans is a satire of Canadian politics, in which a burned-out political strategist's plan to get out of politics by managing an unelectable candidate in a federal election in order to kill off his own credibility is thrown into turmoil when the candidate becomes unexpectedly popular with the voters. Due to lack of publisher interest, Fallis originally released excerpts from the novel in podcast format, later turning to the print-on-demand company iUniverse to self-publish a paper edition. The podcast was subsequently picked up for broadcast on Radioropa.
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 novel, 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. McClelland & Stewart will publish his fourth novel, No Relation, in May 2014.
The Best Laid Plans also won the 2011 edition of Canada Reads as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade", where it was defended by journalist Ali Velshi. In 2013, CBC Television announced plans to adapt the novel into a six-part television series, The Best Laid Plans, which debuted in January 2014. The Best Laid Plans is also in development as a stage musical by Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver.
In June 2013, Fallis won the Libris Award for Author of the Year presented by the Canadian Booksellers Association.
Fallis is himself a former Liberal Party strategist, who has worked on the campaign and legislative staffs of Jean Chrétien, Jean Lapierre, Robert Nixon and Michael Ignatieff. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a public relations and social/digital media agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.
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- The Best Laid Plans at chapters.indigo.ca.
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- "CBC brings political satire ‘Best Laid Plans’ to series". TV Guide Canada, March 8, 2013.
- Bill Brioux, "‘Best Laid Plans’ turns satiric focus on politics". Toronto Star, January 4, 2014.