Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “We Have Lost The Pelicans (We Have Lost #2)” as Want to Read:
We Have Lost The Pelicans (We Have Lost #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

We Have Lost The Pelicans

(We Have Lost #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,221 ratings  ·  38 reviews
London, 2044. The St James’ Park pelicans have gone missing – the day before the British President unveils the country’s new pelican flag. At the same time, British intelligence uncovers coded messages about possible anti-Government activity. Who are the bird-nappers? What do they want with London’s prized pelicans? And who is behind those secret messages? Britain’s hungri ...more
Kindle Edition
Published December 26th 2016
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about We Have Lost The Pelicans, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about We Have Lost The Pelicans

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jan Di Gann
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the same spirit as Monty Python and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, this is an over-the-top rant of absurdity, that finally, against all odds, pulls together it's disparate bits of nonsense into a final denouement that actually makes a crazy kind of sense. A must read for those who walk a cooked path.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first introduction to British political satire and I rather enjoyed it. The fact that it’s set in the near future makes the story all the more priceless. It’s the future, so you expect that things will be better, or at least radically different. Turns out that incompetent bureaucratic boobs are forever, and so is the fallout they create around them with their bumbling, self-serving antics. So the future is very much the same as today, only worse. The internet doesn’t work, and one sho ...more
Adam Lasnik
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Was hoping for something Douglas Adams'y -- admittedly unfair to author -- and was, unsurprisingly, rather disappointed.

Characters were rather one-dimensional, humor fell kinda flat for me, and the plot kinda painfully straddled wacky and straight.

A few positive notes:
- Some nice turns of phrases
- Character and scene descriptions mostly well-crafted and appropriately lengthed
- Everything was wrapped up nicely in the end
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick and fun read. A perfect book for a long plane ride. It transported me out the the present in a needed and delightful way.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
if you like Political Satire and a bit of a look into the future with a few laughs along the way, then this book is for you.

“We Have Lost The Pelicans” was rather different to what i had expected. I laughed but wasn’t sure if i was laughing in the correct places. It had a little bit of mystery and suspense in there too but again I was kind of confused in parts.

I must add that I’m not really a Political Satire kind of girl but i think for those who are, this book will be a real treat.
Thank you
hollace turnage
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun read

I couldn't put this book down even to eat lunch. Good insights into the human psyche and very funny. Can't wait to start The next book .
Apr 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting for the funny bits, but they never showed up. It was a slog. I abandoned it about 1/3 of the way through, without even feeling a need to skip to the back and see how things end up. I just don't care.
April Dangerfield
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lighthearted Comedy

Both my husband and I enjoyed the 2 books, We Have Lost the President and We Have Lost the Pelicans. Great stories , well-written and enjoyable. It is wonderful to read something that is fun,
Mary M. Parke
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good and amusing read

Highly entertaining and fast paced read for futuristic mystery lovers. Set in Britain, is charged with a ribald dry sense of humor. Can't wait for the next installment in this series.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was a very funny, odd book. Loved it but again it was different.
Jose Bonangelino
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
We lost the pelican

Amusing and the action keeps moving. It's a fun read. Makes you smile on several occasions. Looking forward to the others in the series.
June Barnard
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was okay, but I struggled to finish it. His first in the series We have lost the President was much better.
Dave Weiss
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun and funny book with a plot line that kept me pretty intrigued from beginning to end. The characters are well developed and there is a genuine mystery involved. This is a really good book with a good sense of British humor. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it

Kinda odd, not the funniest thing I ever read, but entertaining. Light reading, perfect for an afternoon and evening read.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun read

This is a fun read. Not great literature...just entertainment. Near future with cute plot line and relatable characters. Read 'We Have Lost the President' first for the full story.
Teresa Miller
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Just a fun book to read
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Madcap sprint through future England

Very entertaining read about a couple bumbling their way towards their wedding saving Pelicans and England at the same time.
Della Rainey
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
'We Lost The Pelicans' is political satire. It is an entertaining story that amused me throughout. I enjoyed the build up and the mishaps that each character experienced. The story is set in the future where the Royal Family are in exile and a zany President, Zayn Winner governs the country. With the sudden sale withdrawal of Windsor Castle and the disappearance of the pelicans, as well as, the corrupted e-comms and the threat of anarchy, can Britt and Howie (very soon to be Newlyweds) save the ...more
Melanie Lewis
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I did like this book. The story was quite engaging, the concept was OK, but it wasn't quite funny or engaging enough. I found myself feeling like I HAD to keep reading, rather than wanting to keep reading. I haven't read the first book, maybe that would have helped. It was fairly entertaining but it's not going to be one that I recommend. Still, I always think that I don't have the brains or the bottle to write a book, so simply for that reason, it's worth a look and the author deserves commendi ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a palate-cleanser.......after being serious and adulting for far too long, I needed this. I can see it as a delightful movie, a weekend diversion. Don't spoil it by trying to be sensible, just go along for the ride.
Anne Gatchell
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very fun vacation read! I couldn't put it down. Loved the humor and the plot!
Anam Cara
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I chose this book simply because it had pelicans in the title and I love pelicans. Not a good reason to choose a book.

The story is set in England in the future. The monarchy has been overthrown and there is now a republic. The new flag will have on it a pelican and there are pelicans in St. James Park. The idea is that the pelicans will be on display when the new flag is unveiled. The problem is that the pelicans are gone. From that simple premise the entire story flows.

It was mildly amusing, bu
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again, this book and its predecessor, We Have Lost the President, were long on my list of "to be read," before I finally carved out time to read them. Our favorite heroes, Britt & Howie are back - both with last minute assignments to complete before their wedding ceremony the next day. The amount of trouble they each individually and separately get themselves into in a short 48-hour period is what fuels the book's humor. Will they make it through their respective troubling circumstances in t ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just not my cup of tea. Maybe I would have liked it more if I were a Brit. Or knew more about English history. I'm just not a big fan on satire, so I don't know why this was even on my Kindle, but I thought I would give it a shot. I won't be reading any more in the series, thought there are many other readers who seemed to really enjoy it.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The 2nd book in the “We Have Lost ...” series and I liked it just as well as, if not better than, the first book. Howie is important in the government, yet comical. His fiancée Britt, is a stellar journalist who manages to get herself involved in some interesting scenarios. It’s a “thriller” without being too heavy.
Tania C-L
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
So the second installment of we have lost....lost a bit of the comedy compared to the first one. It was still an entertaining read. A bit more adventurous/ detective than the first one, had a few suspenseful moments. All in all an entertaining read, helps pass the time when you want a small break from serious and or heavy stories. A good in-between read for sure. Will surely read the 3rd book
Frances J Lee-Dahm
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Howie

Anyone who enjoys a nice feel good book will love We Have Lost The Pelicans. It's funny and quirky. I love the characters but especially Howie. I read the first book in the series and can't wait to read the next Howie adventure.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun story. Great timing. I laughed out loud a few times. Zane is a wonderful boob. The various plot lines all come together in the end. Howie seems to get things right in the end with the help of Martha.
Sheila Williams Haettich
A delightful piece of fluff that was a welcome relief after struggling through 600+ pages from an author I used to like a lot. Rather one dimensional but typical British satire. Over all, a fun read.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny little read--if you like British humor
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Paul Mathews is a quite funny British guy who's managed to escape the London rat race and is currently on the run as a comedy novelist. His sharp, satirical - often surreal - sense of humor draws on 20 years as a British Government press officer, during which time he encountered politicians, senior civil servants, and lots of other people who sucked at their jobs. He also gains inspiration from hi ...more

Other books in the series

We Have Lost (5 books)
  • We Have Lost The President (We Have Lost #1)
  • We Have Lost The Coffee (We Have Lost #3)
  • We Have Lost The Chihuahuas (We Have Lost #4)
  • We Have Lost The Plot (We Have Lost #5)
“What’s going on?’ mumbled Howie. Zayn sat up. ‘Right this second – I’m clueless. But I’m working on it. Pretty soon, I reckon I’ll have some kind of vague idea.” 0 likes
“Tell your face to stop impersonating a camel’s rear end.” 0 likes
More quotes…