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The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

The Constant Rabbit: The new standalone novel from the Number One bestselling author

Jasper Fforde

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 2 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781444763621

Jasper Fforde's new fantastical satire: what happens when a family of human-sized, human-like rabbits moves in next door?

3 stars out of 5
Lauren Indvik
14 Sep 2020

"Human-sized bunnies roam Britain in a dystopian satire on middle-class complacency"

Good satire sharpens our moral sense, kindles our outrage (or shame), and rouses a few good laughs but as a critique of Ukip and middle-class sangfroid, The Constant Rabbit lacks punch. Subtler and far more effective is his critique of “hominid supremacy” — humans’ inherent belief in their dominion over other species and their right to control, and ultimately destroy, the planet. In a line that lays Fforde’s device bare, the rabbits’ spiritual leader admonishes Peter: “You’re trashing the ecosystem for no reason other than a deluded sense of anthropocentric manifest destiny, and until you stop talking around the issue and actually feel some genuine guilt, there’ll be no change.”

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
10 Jul 2020

"A political satire cloaked in Fforde’s trademark bizarre whimsy"

In August 1965, the Spontaneous Anthropomorphising Event took place: rabbits, foxes, weasels and other animals were transformed overnight, gaining size and intelligence. Now more than a million rabbits are living in human society; the United Kingdom Anti-Rabbit Party is in power and advocating the rehousing of rabbits in a vast Mega-Warren in Wales. Single father Peter Knox works for the Rabbit Compliance Taskforce, policing their comings and goings. His life changes for ever when a family of rabbits moves next door to him in the sleepy village of Much Hemlock, and Knox is forced to confront his apathy in the face of the speciesism fuelled by the politician Nigel Smethwick and the Two Legs Good Party.