Reviews for Hard Knox


"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, Spring 2017


"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, sports columnist (ret.), author of To Think I Got in for Free! Highlights from Fifty Years on the Sports Beat


"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."

—From the foreword by Ian Ferguson, author (with Will Ferguson) of How to Be a Canadian: Even if You Already Are One


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

—Paul Willcocks, Times Colonist


"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


"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 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 Killer Whale Who Changed the World and the Leacock Medal-winning Never Shoot a Stampede Queen