The Constant Rabbit
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR. THE MOST ORIGINAL BOOK OF 2021
‘Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality’ The Times
The village of Much Hemlock has always been a right-wing stronghold. British. Solid. Traditional.
Then they move in. They’re different from everyone else: they have a weird religion, an aggressive vegan agenda, and too many children. They may seem quiet and peace-loving, but who knows where it could lead?
They are a family of human-sized rabbits, the result of an inexplicable anthropomorphising event half a century before.
With a mass rehoming to Wales for 1.2 million rabbits looming, long-term resident Peter Knox is drawn from his customary spot on the fence and must choose his corner: a cosy job-for-life at the Rabbit Compliance Taskforce, or stand with the rabbits – and weather the full brunt of human savagery.
It’ll take a rabbit to teach a human humanity . . .
PRAISE FOR JASPER FFORDE
‘The Constant Rabbit is Jasper Fforde’s most chilling and realistic book yet’ Guardian
‘You won’t read anything quite like this in 2020 – or beyond that too’ CultureFly
‘Is there anyone who can write satire quite like Fforde?. . . An astonishingly well-crafted work of social and political satire.’ Kirkus
‘Fforde presents a milquetoast cog in an absurdly bureaucratic wheel, this time cleverly skewering Brexit, conservative politics, and white supremacy in this surprisingly uplifting tale of one man doing his best, even if it is the bare minimum.’ Booklist
‘The Constant Rabbit is designed to shake readers out of that complacency: to recognise that merely holding liberal values is not enough to prevent the quickening advance of racism and xenophobia in this country. One must act.’ Financial Times
‘A serious minded comedy’ Mail on Sunday
READERS LOVE THE CONSTANT RABBIT
‘This is Jasper Fforde at his absolute best. Clever, thought-provoking and relevant, whilst maintaining the absurdity that we have come to love Fforde for’ 5*
‘A real classic – the sort of book that will be read in fifty or a hundred years’ time’ 5*
‘[Jasper Fforde’s] ability to take something relatively normal and turn it on it’s head is sublime, ridiculous and so enjoyable! Quirky, funny, satirical tale with pertinent reflections on current times.’ 5*
‘This book couldn’t have come at a better time. Frighteningly poignant given the state of world. It’s a truly wonderful piece of work that belongs right up there with Orwell.’ 5*
‘This is Jasper Fforde at his finest. A witty, thought provoking read that makes you sit up and take note of all the things going on around you. Love this author, was already a fan, but now even more so.’ 5*
‘I knew within minutes of starting the opening chapter that this was Fforde at the top of his game.’ 5*
A serious minded comedy * Mail on Sunday * A political satire cloaked in Fforde's trademark bizarre whimsy, the novel reads like a crazed cross between Watership Down and Nineteen Eighty-Four. * Guardian * Fforde's engaging writing has created a story that is a clever blend of the biting allegorical satire we expect from Orwell's greatest hits and the good-natured adventures of Michael Bond's naive and kind-hearted Paddington Bear. * SciFi Now * Jasper Fforde's most chilling and realistic book yet * Guardian * The Constant Rabbit is designed to shake readers out of that complacency: to recognise that merely holding liberal values is not enough to prevent the quickening advance of racism and xenophobia in this country. * Financial Times * It's huge fun too, with all the inventive wordplay, impeccable worldbuilding and fiendish plotting that Fforde's "Constant Readers" have come to expect. * SFX * Fuelled by Fforde's trademark wit, imagination and brilliantly bizarre world-building... You won't read anything quite like this in 2020 - or beyond that too. * CultureFly * Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality * The Times * A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination * Independent * Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure * Telegraph * Brilliantly funny . . . His relentless imagination and his affection for his characters are contagious and irresistible * New York Times * True literary comic genius * Sunday Express * Reading a Fforde novel feels like taking off on a magic carpet, only to be picked up by another and another and taken on new flights of fantasy . . . you just sit back and enjoy the ride * Scotsman * Jasper Fforde's entertaining, surprisingly thoughtful yet fleet-footed new book-a standalone novel with a climax so dramatic, irrevocable, perfect yet unpredictable that it seems impossible to extend the book to a series-is the comedic master's foray into this thematic realm. It is, as one might expect, by turns droll and hilarious, poignant and cruel, hopeful and despairing. In other words, a true comedy in depth, a form that is not mere mindless japes and slapstick, but one which counsels us that if we don't laugh, we must cry. * Locus * An astonishingly well-crafted work of social and political satire * Kirkus Reviews *
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