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.”
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5
An Elephant in Rome
" January 1, 2021 Read this issue IN THIS REVIEW AN ELEPHANT IN ROME Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City 224pp. Pallas Athene. £19.99. Loyd Grossman Acheerful bricolage of biography, art history, trivia and travelogue..."
— Times Literary Supplement
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.