Fonds RC0185 - Terry Fallis fonds

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Terry Fallis fonds

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  • 1959-2020 (Creation)
    Fallis, Terry

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2.39 m of textual records and graphic material
approx. 60 photographs
6 optical discs
26 GB of born digital material

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Terry Fallis is a Canadian novelist, policial satirist, and political consultant. Terrence Hugh Fallis was born in Toronto on 23 December 1959, the son of Dr. and Mrs. James Fallis (née Barbara Ham); he has a twin named Tim. In 1983 Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University. He also served as President of the McMaster Students Union.

After graduation, he joined future Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's full time staff for the 1984 federal Liberal Leadership campaign. He has worked as a legislative assistant for the Honourable Jean Lapierre and the Honourable Robert Nixon. From 1988-95, he was a government affairs and communications consultant with the PR firm, Hill and Knowlton, including stints as Vice President running the Ontario government affairs group and finally President of Berger & Associates, a Hill and Knowlton subsidiary. In 1995, with Joe Thornley, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a communications consulting agency with offices in Ottawa and Toronto.

Fallis is also a novelist and political satirist. In 2007 he self-published The Best Laid Plans. It won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and then was published by McClelland & Stewart in September 2008. In 2010, the Waterloo Region chose The Best Laid Plans as the One Book, One Community selection. A sequel entitled The High Road was published by McClelland & Stewart in September 2010.

Fallis continues to publish highly praised and well received novels, including his 4th novel, No Relation, which also received the Leacock Medal for Humour. Further information about Fallis, including podcasts from his novels, can be obtained at his <a href="">website</a>.

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The fonds consists of materials documenting his life and writing.

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The fonds (68-2010) was donated by Mr. Fallis on 29 September 2010. A second accrual was donated on 10 November 2014; a third accrual was donated August 13, 2018; and a fourth accrual (2022-009) was donated in 2022.


The first accrual consists of the following series, devised by Fallis himself: childhood years (1959-73); high school years (1973-78); McMaster University years (1978-84); Jean Chrétien campaign, Parliament Hill, and Queen’s Park (1984-88); public affairs/public relations consulting (1988-); and writing. The second accrual has one series: writing. The third accrual consists of 5 series: writing, teaching and support, The Best Laid Plans adaptations, awards, and media. The fourth accrual consists of 4 series: writing, speeches, business material, and personal.

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4th accrual, 2022.

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