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The Constant Rabbit

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Peter Knox lives quietly in one of those small country villages that's up for the Village Garden of the Year award. Until Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door, upsetting the locals (many of them members of governing political party United Kingdom Against Rabbit Population), complicating Peter's job as a Rabbit Spotter, and forcing him to take a stand, moving from unc ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published July 2nd 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton
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May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
No one writes like Jasper Fforde. He has the ability to take the absurd & present it in a way that his version of an alternate society seems completely normal. So when you open this book & find yourself in an England where the neighbours are 6 ft. talking rabbits, you merely shrug & think “Oh, right. Forgot that happened.”

That would be the Spontaneous Anthropomorphic Event, an unexplained aligning of elements that resulted in walking/talking rabbits joining society (along with a few other small
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an at times funny, clever satire which encompasses several issues in a very different and entertaining way. On 12th August 1965 The Event occurred, a strange phenomenon which led to 18 rabbits morphing into semi human shapes. They did what rabbits do and these anthropomorphised rabbits spread into large colonies. However, rabbits talking rabbity are not to be tolerated, they are undesirable according to UKARP (The UK Anti Rabbit Party) and Prime Minister Nigel Smethwick, surprise winner ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
First of all a little apology to Mr Fforde for the loss of one star. I always love your books but my enjoyment of this one was less than usual because of the rabbits. I felt the same about Watership Down. I just feel uncomfortable about talking rabbits and even more so about ones who walk upright and wear clothes. Note that I do not much care for Beatrix Potter either.

Okay having got that out of the way the rest of the book was just great! Fforde's terrific sense of satire was there all the way
I received this book from Net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

Several decades before our story starts there has occurred the Anthropomorphising Event in which certain animals have suddenly become human-like.
In the UK the event has mainly effected rabbits though there are also foxes, weasels and individual animals from several other species. In Africa there is a human-like elephant.

Although only a few individual animals were originally affected by the anthropomorphisation, due to their
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: via-publisher
This is both perfectly absurd and too painfully real. A rather challenging combination. Review to follow.
Jessica Gilmore
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
How I love Jasper Fforde and his original, offbeat, clever fiction. I’ve waited in vain for a new Nursery Detectives book, his noiresque nursery rhyme crime novels, read every single one of his utterly inspired Thursday Next books as well as his children’s and other stand alone books. Basically, a new Jasper Fforde book is a celebration day in this household, so I was, as you can imagine, thrilled to be approved for an earc of his new standalone The Constant Rabbit.

The premise is this: approxima
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
The Constant Rabbit is a novel by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. The 2020 United Kingdom that Fforde describes to the reader is very much an alternate one where, fifty-five years earlier, a Spontaneous Anthropomorphic Event transformed a selection of animals into human-sized, talking, walking, thinking creatures.

In the British Isles, the most numerous are now rabbits, who prove to be peaceable and hard-working. It takes a good deal of world-building to make a tale like this work, but anyone who h
Theresa Smith
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘The language of division can always be monetised.’

This novel is an absolute highlight of my reading year. Honestly, it was utterly brilliant. The best way I can describe it is as a fantastical political satire that is both completely bonkers and specifically insightful. And, it’s a pure delight to escape into. I desperately would love to see it as a movie but only if it were made exactly as it is in the book – word for word, character for character.

‘Don’t let yourself be tempted by the bun’s mi
Stephen Robert Collins
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This my Top Book of 2020 This dark take on Animal Farm with joke Twolegsgood a miss take from the book Four legs good Twolegsgood bad. Mr Ffoxe is brilliant as the Hitler style role model.
Fforde has placed lots of wicked rabbit jokes from the love of James Stewart movies to What's up Doc.
The more serious side is what if.... You can see dark side of the humanity.
But I don't think this anything to do with racism but as read deeply into the book you get it, but I am not one for spoilers.
I have been a fan of Jasper Fforde's since reading The Eyre Affair, and so I was super excited to receive an Advanced Review Copy of his latest book, The Constant Rabbit. His writing style reminds me of other authors I enjoy such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

The Constant Rabbit is set in a world which is similar to our own but slightly different. On 12th August 1965, a Spontaneous Anthropomorphising Event turned some of the rabbit population into humanoids, along with some guinea pigs, f
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intense, dare I say important, absurd allegory on racism and discrimination and the importance of speaking up against it. Can't recommend this enough.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
anyone who knows me knows i love jasper fforde. i’ve been a fan since my teens and he’s been a huge influence on my own writing! i’ve attended countless number of his talks and even designed one of the postcards for one of the thursday next book releases. i adore his surrealist, absurdist humour and there are absolutely no other comedy writers who do it as well as he does. the point being: I Am A Ffan.

i also adore rabbits. watership down is probably my most favourite book. i’m also into dystopia
Book Wormy
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, arc, netgalley
#Netgalley #ARC #ConstantRabbit

Perhaps if I hadn't read and loved the Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde this would have got a better rating as it stands compared to them I felt this book was lacking magic.

The whole of this story is a satire about the state of the UK as it stands now (albeit without the changes instigated by Covid-19) Various political issues are explored in a humorous way including fake news, Brexit, budget cuts, prejudice against anyone who appears "other
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 / 5 ✪

Last year I actually read my first Jasper Fforde novel—Early Riser—and it was straaange. Like Jeff Noon strange. Like… something else strange. A story about a dream, a seasonal hibernation, and a love story between people that up until the halfway mark I didn’t realize weren’t people at all. Then there was an ending that confused me so thoroughly I didn’t know what to make of it. Fforde follows this oddity up with the Constant Rabbit, a tale about a
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant...
Feb 21, 2020 marked it as wish-list
HodderBooks bags the new jasperfforde—The Constant Rabbit is a standalone novel, tackling topics of racism and privilege in a story about human-sized rabbits. Find out more here: ...more
Jessica Howard
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy-sci-fi
Jasper Fforde has created a darkly funny satire of modern politics in The Constant Rabbit; set in an England where 1.5 million human-sized, talking rabbits are being oppressed by the government, and forced into warrens (essentially reservations). Fforde's bitingly incisive takedown of fascism and right-wing attitudes toward immigration is irresistible, if a bit dense. (There are a LOT of footnotes, which kept showing up in weird spots in my digital ARC, instead of at the bottom of the page, so t ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
There are certain things I expect from a Jasper Fforde book. Quirky but delightful worldbuilding. Bizarre incidents and exciting action. Characters who are eccentric yet ordinary. Alternative history, first-person narrative, fantastically silly humour, and a good smattering of anti-fascism wrapped up in all of this. All of these things appear in The Constant Rabbit.

I don’t expect the politics to be front and centre; to be the whole point, plot and theme of the book. I don’t expect to feel real f
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter Knox lives a quiet life in Much Hemlock. He works as a Rabbit Spotter for the taskforce, helping to ensure compliance of the rabbits that were anthropomorphised during the Event.  Although Peter has never been actively leporiphobic, he has never been actively pro Rabbit either. When Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door, Peter is forced to decide where his loyalties lie.

Jasper Fforde is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors, and I'm always excited to see what he writes next. 
The Constant Rabbit is another witty and quirky read from Fforde. A gem lettuce of a book you have to unwrap and inhale right there in the supermarket aisle.

On an alternate earth where, decades ago, an Anthropomorphising Event transformed a number of rabbits (and other animals, as we find out later) into humanoid versions of themselves. The actual cause of the event is hypothesised by the characters as being satirical. (Fforde’s fabulous way of saying just go with the flow!)

We experience this wo
Moray Teale
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved the Eyre Affair and the next few books in the Thursday Next series and then Jasper FForde's style began to grate on me and unfortunately has never stopped. In this amusing story some rabbits have become anthropomorphised during the unexplained Event in the 1950s. They take on human proportions (think the Cadbury Caramel Bunny) and speech, becoming the newest target of discrimination in the UK. As the story begins the government, run by the United Kingdom Against Rabbit Population is crac ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
England, 2020.
There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK.
They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event fifty-five years ago.
And a family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village 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. Bu
Karen Mace
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A satirical book about adult sized rabbits?! Yes please! And it didn't disappoint as Jasper Fforde writes in a way that only he can, throwing our human world and all its' issues under the bus, so to speak, to shed light on the prejudices and nimbyisms that affect us all!

50 years ago The Event happened, where 18 rabbits became semi human, and now there are 1.2 million of them as they have been breeding, well, like rabbits! This has upset many of the 'human' population and the rise of the UK Anti
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Perhaps that's what satire does - not change things wholesale but nudge the collective consciousness in a direction that favours justice and equality."

A poignant, and timely story, given the current state of the world. A clear allegory for Brexit Britain, but with relevance to many other issues, where anything/anyone seen as "other" is treated with disdain, ignorance and at often times, violence.

This book details the relationship between humans and anthropomorphised animals, predominantly rabbi
Sara Oxton
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde a real thinker of a five-star read. This one has had my brain in a twist, it makes you think about how you have behaved in the past, as always with Jasper Fforde it’s a twisted and complex story with the craziest elements possible, but its underneath just a great story, it’s like being a tiny child and being told this amazing story from an eccentric relative. I would normally see this as being about politics and ignore it, as I don’t enjoy reading political story ...more
Simon Lowe
Jun 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really struggled with this. I think like most of Fforde’s other novels it’s supposed to be a satire, but while I’ve enjoyed the previous targets of his wit in his other novels, this one misses the mark. In The Constant Rabbit, Fforde’s takes on racism and the rise of populist politics that tap into anti-immigration sentiment in the UK. Plenty of material to take aim at? You’d think. And while it’s easy to make fun of populists, (there’s a v thinly disguised portrayal of one whose name doesn’t ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wheel-2020
I’m a huge Jasper Fforde fan. I always find its best to leave any preconceptions at the start and just sink into the story and enjoy. His 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.

Thank you Netgalley.
Rachel Barnicoat
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
A biting and clever satire that is perfectly suited for today's political climate. While the allusions to brexit and its political participants might be thinly veiled, it doesn't stop this from being an enjoyable as Fforde packs the story full of the clever (and hilarious) cultural references and hints of the absurd that he is known for.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Constant Rabbit is in many ways more serious than Fforde’s usual. Yes, it’s light and quirky with its satire, but the topic is particularly close to home in the Trump era. In his world, after a singular event, a few rabbits became human-sized and sentient. In the present, humans like the TwoLegs Good campaign fiercely against the species, insisting (against all evidence) that they’re overrunning Britain, taking all the jobs, breeding humanity into obsolescence and forcing everyone to turn ve ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

If you're at all familiar with Jasper Fforde then you'll know to throw all of your expectations out the window before starting one of his books. "The Constant Rabbit" is a standalone satire and pointed commentary on current issues involving politics, immigration, and bigotry. In this alternate universe there was an "event" in the 1960s that caused a number of animals to spontaneously anthropomorphize, becoming human-like. In the years since, the "rabbit issu
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Fforde began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1988, and spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-man ...more

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