Hard Knox

Hard Knox

Musings from the Edge of Canada

By (author): Jack Knox
Foreword by: Ian Ferguson
ISBN 9781772031492
Softcover | Publication Date: October 26, 2016
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages
$19.95 CAD
E-Book Price: $15.99 CAD

About the Book

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 Author(s)

Jack Knox is the author of three bestselling books, Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada and Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing (both longlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour), and On the Rocks with Jack Knox: Islanders I Will Never Forget. All of his books are based on his popular column in the Victoria Times Colonist. Women adore him. Men want to be him. His hobbies include cycling, playing in a rock 'n' roll band, being awesome, and self-delusion.


"You want funny? You've come to the right place. This is Jack Knox, heir 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
"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
"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 Beat