amazon.ca

Thousands of Canadian-authored kids and YA books

9781772031492_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Humor
published: Oct 2016
ISBN:9781772031492
publisher: Heritage House Publishing

Hard Knox

Musings from the Edge of Canada

by Jack Knox, foreword by Ian Ferguson

tagged: essays, editors, journalists, publishers
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Humor
published: Oct 2016
ISBN:9781772031492
publisher: Heritage House Publishing
Description

2017 long-list finalist, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Writing

In Hard Knox, seasoned columnist and consummate everyman Jack Knox offers up his uniquely hilarious views on Canadian life as seen from the western fringes of the country—in particular from the “Island of Misfit Toys” as he aptly calls his Vancouver Island home. This treasure trove of west-coast wit and wisdom touches on everything from “smug anti-Americanism” to extreme weather to flagrant public displays of affection in Canada’s westernmost capital. Whether you’re a born-and-bred Islander, a transplanted Albertan in the throes of culture shock, or a confused tourist, we all have something to learn from the school of Hard Knox.

About the Authors

Jack Knox began his long stint the Times Colonist in 1988, after working at newspapers in Campbell River, Regina, and Kamloops. At the TC, he filled many roles, including copy editor, city editor, editorial writer, and editorial page editor, before becoming a full-time columnist in 2000. Career highlights include being blasted with blowhole spray by Luna the orca whale, interviewing a nude porn star, and getting a phone call from Barack Obama four days before 2008 presidential election. In his spare time he performs in a rock ’n' roll band with members of his Tour de Rock cycling team.

Author profile page >

Ian Ferguson is an award-winning playwright and humorist whose commentaries have been widely broadcast on radio and television. He is the creator of the live improvised soap operas Die-Nasty and Sin City and is currently writing a sitcom pilot for a major US television network. With his brother Will, he is co-author of the runaway best-seller How to Be a Canadian.
Author profile page >
Editorial Reviews

Hard Knox may cause dizziness, light-headedness, coughing fits, and sore ribs from laughing. If conditions persist after 224 pages, consult your bookseller about a sequel.

— Tom Hawthorn, journalist and author of Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians

There is not a hint of superiority or condescension in [Knox's] writing.

"

—Paul ,

— Paul Willcocks, Times Colonist

You want funny? You've come to the right place. This is Jack Knox, hier apparent to Stephen Leacock, at his high-flying best. Witty, wry, breezy and wholly original, Knox wields his humour with a deft hand and a sure grip. Canada needs more Knox!

— Will Ferguson, three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour

Jack Knox isn't just a words guy, although that's important. He's also a guy with an eye (okay, two) for the inane and a mind geared to asking, 'What if?' And that's where the words come in, because he takes all that stuff, bounces it off the wall, and cranks out observations always amusing, mostly spot-on, and often fall-down funny. Plus, he doesn't think proper grammar is grandpa's prissy wife. Ain't a lot of that left.

— Jim Taylor, author of To Think I Got in for Free! Highlights from Fifty Years on the Sports

This book should come with a 'laugh-or-double-your-money-back' guarantee, or a 'hurting from laughter' warning. And, although the full title is Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, you don't have to be a resident of Victoria or a citizen of Vancouver Island (these can be mutually exclusive) to enjoy it. This is a book that will make all of Canada laugh.

— Will Ferguson

“[Knox’s] use of humour with an edge enables new understandings of the workings of ordinary days, and his regular comedic comparisons help readers see things in a new light. … [W]ell worth reading!”

— BC Books for BC Schools 2017 - 2018

There are a few key secrets to a happy life in Victoria—avoiding downtown when the cruise ships are in, knowing exactly how late you can get to the ferry terminal, and reading Jack Knox.

— Mark Leiren-Young, author of the Leacock Medal-winning Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

Whether he's addressing his city's sewage crisis, offering a rhapsodic ode to Nanaimo bars or noting that millennials and elders are now willing pay more for their bikes than their cars, Knox charms with his curmudgeonly wit and satirical eye.

— BC Bookworld

Jack Knox is one funny guy, but don't let the wordplay and wit fool you. He's a sharp and savvy observer of the Vancouver Island scene, and his affection for the place and its people shines through in his writing.

— Jody Paterson, journalist and communications strategist

Buy the e-book: