King John of Canada
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King John of Canada

Written by Scott GardinerScott Gardiner Author Alert
Category: Fiction; Fiction - Humorous
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 978-0-7710-3575-3 (0-7710-3575-6)

Pub Date: June 17, 2008
Price: $19.99

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King John of Canada
Written by Scott Gardiner

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771035753
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About this Book

A hilarious political satire in the tradition of Mordecai Richler.

This is a funny, biting political satire set in the not-too-distant future. A series of minority governments, and endless Quebec referendums (designed to lose narrowly, to keep the money coming) have left Canada almost ungovernable. When the Governor General resigns in disgrace and the House of Windsor implodes in London, a media baron launches the idea of a Canadian king or queen elected by lottery.

It starts as a joke — except that the lucky winner, King John, a bright and charismatic guy from Toronto, knows exactly what people want. Soon Quebec is gone, while Toronto’s surprise bid to leave Canada is averted by shifting his official residence, the new seat of power, to the Toronto waterfront. Many good things happen, and the politicians go along for the ride. And the blockades of Native lands are ended for good, after John is heroically wounded keeping the peace at risk to his life.

His popularity soars and Canadian morale soars with it. Soon the rest of the world is taking notice of this model leader. In the United States, the blue states look enviously northward. Then Canada’s king, ignoring assassination threats, goes on a formal visit to Washington. . .

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NOMINEE 2008 - Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

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Review Quotes

Praise for The Dominion of Wyley McFadden:

“A rich, dark and highly accomplished debut.”
Ottawa Citizen

“[Gardiner’s] wry descriptions of motels, diners, truckstops and the eccentrics who inhabit them evoke Steinbeck in his hard-travelling days.”
Globe and Mail

“Gardiner’s writing is tight and sure.”
Edmonton Journal

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About this Author

Scott Gardiner is a political realist who shakes his head at what he sees in Canadian politics today and chooses, Richler-like, to point out currently respected lunacies. He is the author of The Dominion of Wyley McFadden (2000) and lives with his family in Toronto.

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