The Constant Rabbit: A Novel (Paperback)
At the advent of the Spontaneous Anthropormorphizing Event, foxes, weasels, and rabbits (among others) began to live as humans. They hold jobs and own homes, which is the crux of Fforde's brilliantly scathing new novel. Rabbits are particularly vulnerable to scrutiny and cruelty from humans, which has given rise to a great deal of bureaucratic control in the form of multiple government programs and agencies. Peter Knox is one of the rare humans who can distinguish individual rabbits and as such has secretly been a "spotter" for the Rabbit Control Board. Peter's quiet life in Much Hemlock goes well off course when his crush from University, Connie (you guessed it, a rabbit), moves in next door. Fforde's satire is razor sharp in its timeliness and will leave you laughing and wincing at the same time.— From Holly
"Reads like a crazed cross between Watership Down and Nineteen Eighty-Four."
"Every book of Fforde's seems to be a cause for celebration."
-- Charles Yu, The New York Times Book Review on Early Riser
A new stand-alone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Early Riser and the Thursday Next series
There are 1.2 million human-size rabbits living in the UK.
They can walk, talk, drive cars, and they like to read Voltaire, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphizing Event fifty-five years before.
A family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cozy little village in Middle England where life revolves around summer fetes, jam making, gossipy corner stores, and the oh-so-important Best Kept Village awards.
No sooner have the rabbits arrived than the villagers decide they must depart, citing their propensity to burrow and breed, and their shameless levels of veganism. But Mrs Constance Rabbit is made of sterner stuff, and her and her family decide they are to stay. Unusually, their neighbors--longtime resident Peter Knox and his daughter, Pippa--decide to stand with them . . . . and soon discover that you can be a friend to rabbits or humans, but not both.
With a blossoming romance, acute cultural differences, enforced rehoming to a MegaWarren in Wales, and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti-Rabbit Party against them, Peter and Pippa are about to question everything they had ever thought about their friends, their nation, and their species.
An inimitable blend of satire, fantasy, and thriller, The Constant Rabbit is the latest dazzlingly original foray into Jasper Fforde's ever-astonishing creative genius.
About the Author
Jasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2002. Since then he has written another twelve novels, including the number one Sunday Times bestseller One of Our Thursdays Is Missing; the Last Dragonslayer series, adapted for television by Sky; and most recently the New York Times bestseller Early Riser. He lives in Wales.
"Fforde invokes John le Carré, George Orwell, and Beatrix Potter in this tongue-in-cheek political satire of systemic injustice, bureaucratic corruption, and human foibles. . . . Amid a rapid-fire barrage of literary allusions, Fforde displays his signature quick wit on a furious tour through modern British right-wing politics. Playful, biting, and timely, this is a must-read."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A political satire cloaked in Fforde’s trademark bizarre whimsy, the novel reads like a crazed cross between Watership Down and Nineteen Eighty-Four."
—Eric Brown, The Guardian
"Wonderfully absurd. . . . Is there anyone who can write satire quite like Fforde? . . . Brilliant. . . . An astonishingly well-crafted work of social and political satire."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"For all its parallels to real-world issues (race, immigration, vegan fundamentalism), The Constant Rabbit feels a bit more Bojack Horseman than Planet of the Apes, and it’s nowhere near as heavy-hoofed as Animal Farm. It’s a dystopia, but a cute one.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
"A serious minded comedy."
―Mail on Sunday
"Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality."
―The Times (UK)
"The Constant Rabbit is Jasper Fforde’s most chilling and realistic book yet. . . . Fun and slightly bonkers. . . . Fforde’s love of wordplay, cultural references and silliness shines through in every sentence."
—Elizabeth Flux, The Guardian
"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."
"This standalone novel from the author of the Thursday Next series is set in England, circa 2022, a country filled with over a million walking, talking, literate, car-driving, human-sized rabbits. The humans have gone so far as to vote the Anti-Rabbit Party into power, but their furry neighbors won’t go down without a fight."
"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 naïve and kind-hearted Paddington Bear."
"Huge fun . . . with all the inventive wordplay, impeccable worldbuilding and fiendish plotting that Fforde's 'Constant Readers' have come to expect."
"As he did in Early Riser (2019), 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."
"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."
"Wrapped in the author’s trademark sense of wry humor and sarcastic wit."