The great Ian Ferguson “blurbs” The High Road
Ian Ferguson is wonderful writer and a very funny guy. I read his Leacock-winning book, Village of the Small Houses, some years ago, so I was thrilled to meet Ian at last year’s Leacock Luncheon. What a great guy. We’ve maintained contact via email and Facebook ever since. In a cool twist, Ian’s book and TBLP later shared 10th place on the CBC Book Club’s top Ten Books to Make You Laugh list last April.
When it came time to invite prominent Canadians to read the manuscript of The High Road and provide what they call in the publishing biz, “blurbs,” I thought of approaching Ian. He could not have been more gracious and readily agreed.
I was a little nervous when I knew the manuscript was in his hands. But he knocked me for a loop earlier this week when his official “blurb” arrived. Here’s what he wrote:
- “In a perfect world, the federal government would establish aÂ Ministry of Humour and put Terry Fallis in charge of that department.Â THE HIGH ROAD isÂ brilliantly written and hystericallyÂ funny.Â You are cautioned not to attempt to read it in a public setting, since you will laugh – audibly -Â to a disturbing degree and many people will find this annoying.Â Trust me on this.Â And if you, like myself, enjoy reading inÂ bed, be prepared for spousal banishment.Â Apparently loud bursts of laughter make it difficult for your bed partner to fall asleep.Â Who knew, eh?Â Worth it, though.Â Terry Fallis manages to top his first novelÂ THE BEST LAID PLANS with this relentlessly enjoyable follow-up.Â No small feat, since the original won the Stephen Leacock Medal .Â Do yourself a favour andÂ pick up this book, find a quiet place to read it, and enjoy…you willÂ laugh out loud on almost every single page.”
- “In a perfect world, the federal government would establish aÂ Ministry of Humour and put Terry Fallis in charge of that department.Â THE HIGH ROAD isÂ brilliantly written and hystericallyÂ funny. You willÂ laugh out loud on almost every single page.”
Ian Ferguson author of VILLAGE OF THE SMALL HOUSES
I had to sit down after reading Ian’s kind words. I’m humbled and honoured that he would be so supportive. Here’s a shot of Ian and me at last year’s Leacock Luncheon in Orillia.