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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  6,677 ratings  ·  1,202 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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Bonnie Lee This is a Jasper Fforde trope in all his books. I have read most in kindle format. If you tap the asterisk, it should reveal message or info. It takes…moreThis is a Jasper Fforde trope in all his books. I have read most in kindle format. If you tap the asterisk, it should reveal message or info. It takes a few taps on an oasis kindle.
Marie Hi. It's written in the first person, but it not very much like the Thursday Next books. Satirical and a bit tongue-in-cheek. …moreHi. It's written in the first person, but it not very much like the Thursday Next books. Satirical and a bit tongue-in-cheek. (less)

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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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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,
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
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
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
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was, as always, extremely excited to hear of a new Jasper Fforde book, he's been a marvel in everything that I've read by him, from the Thursday Next books, up until Early Riser (still waiting for a sequel to Shades of Grey!). He's one of the few writers that I follow for updates to his work, as I can guarantee that each new release will mean a day or two of furiously well-spent binge reading.

Unfortunately, The Constant Rabbit misses a lot of the charm of his other books, and the very deliber
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.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I loved that the story began in a public library and truly enjoyed learning about "speed librarying," which is basically an extreme version of maximizing service with the minimum or resources. There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek and snarky humor in the book and references to some of my favorite British TV shows from long ago. The riff on UKIP aka UKARP was on point. I recognized a lot of people and places as I became absorbed with the cleverness and humor of the writing with it's underlying meanin ...more
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A disappointment. I expected it to be more articulate and upfront with world-building. All the rabbit lore and rabbity rights and all that stuff just isn't working for me. ...more
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
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
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
Say one thing for Jasper Fforde, he does his own thing. This is a quintessential 3.5 star book for me, but I was all set and ready to round this up to four stars until the ending happened and totally threw me for a loop. It's not that I thought the ending was bad, more that I wasn't expecting it and didn't quite know how to process it. I may very well come back at some later date and round this up to four stars after I've sat with it a while.

This is a book in which fifty years previously, there
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021, read-2020
This was a pretty good book to be my first of 2021—the clearly curséd year following the previous extremely curséd year. Sure, why not start with a (VERY) thinly veiled allegory about immigration and assimilation and Brexit that turns out actually to be fairly powerful and quite funny?

I've loved Jasper Fforde for a very long time, and honestly I was hoping this would be as light and wacky and escapist and fun as his divine Thursday Next books. It's not all that, though it's definitely wacky, gro
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
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. ...more
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.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I normally enjoy Jasper Fforde novels. This has the usual wordplay and humour, clever references and mixture of serious themes and pure nonsense but for some reason didn’t hit the spot.
In this book rabbits and certain other animals have been anthropomorphised and there is much social upheaval including the formation of the anti rabbit party, UKARP. A rabbit family moves into the town of Much Hemlock (all human before) where Peter Knox, the narrator lives. That
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
A very witty and imaginative satirical tale about a population of anthropomorphised rabbits living in the UK, and the everyday prejudice they face in human society. In SFX magazine, Dave Golder wrote that ‘this is not so much a book about racism as one about white, middle-class angst about racism, especially set against an increasing wave of reactionary populism’. That Fforde manages to do so in such a humorous way without sounding frivolous or moralizing is really quite amazing. I felt he got t ...more
Melissa McShane
DNF without prejudice, because this book simply came at the wrong time for me. Fforde is one of my auto-buy authors, and I love his crazy humor, even in his one-off books. But the premise of this story--that rabbits, having become anthropomorphized, are now victims of racism and cruelty--is just...all right, I'll say it: it's too real. Everything that happens in this book has happened to minority groups across the globe, and putting it in terms of a fantasy construct doesn't give it enough dista ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I get the idea - a parody on humanized animals novels, a commentary on the current political state of affairs all over the world, a criticism of racism, ethnocentricism, etc. But it doesn't work as a novel. Although Fforde's sharp wit and fierce intelligent are always enjoyable, it was impossible for me to read this book and I had to DNF it pretty early. The only thing that drives it is the ideology, this is not real literature. If you want to write a social commentary just write it, not a novel ...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
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a 3.5 stars rounded up.

Picked this up because I was a huge fan of The Eyre Affair series and Jasper Fforde in general.

This book is a cross between Animal Farm, Gulliver’s Travels and Wind in the Willows. The anthropomorphized rabbits are clearly meant to represent “other” - Jews, Muslims, what have you. It’s cleverly done but a very slow build up to a terrific ending. I would have given it three stars but the last 40 pages was a star on its own.

Book Wormy
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020-read, arc
#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
3.25 stars

It was in the late 1960s that the “Event” happened. The Event caused rabbits (and a few other animals...though not nearly as many as the rabbits) to become anthropomorphized. It’s decades later and many people are leporiphobes. Peter Knox (who works for the Rabbit Compliance Taskforce, sort of tracking down specific rabbits, I think) discovers a long-ago college friend (and rabbit) Connie has moved in next door, along with her husband.

My summary might not be exactly right, as I found
Aron Reina
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
While I typically enjoy Jasper Fforde, this was a full miss. The language is thick, and does not flow as well as his other writings. And, while many may enjoy the overt metaphor for diversity, combined with satire, it's not for me. After several chapters, I stopped reading, and returned it to the library. Shades of Gray, and The Fourth Bear still remain some of my favorite books. ...more
Allison Sesame
That was fantastic. Best book I’ve read all year. Jasper Fforde does not disappoint with this tale about rabbits, humans, carrots, and murderous foxes. It was both hilarious and moving at points.
Steph Warren
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author, NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Jasper Fforde has a knack for taking the surreal and making it seem perfectly reasonable.

In his latest story, he starts with speed librarianism – highlighting the petty bureaucracy and corruption in (some!) local government – and moves quickly to anthropomorphic rabbits as an analogy for systemic, widespread racial and religious intolerance and the d
I really do not know what to write about The Constant Rabbit. First and foremost this isn't my usual genre. In saying that I am always looking for unique books with a difference. Not within the norm and this fits the bill.

Once again I was browsing in the bookstore and this cover caught my eye and the blurb had my full attention.

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
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Britain after the "Event," in which rabbits and other animals, including foxes and weasels, "anthropomorphized," acquiring a more human physiology but retaining many of their species traits. Britain doesn't handle integration of the rabbits with grace to say the least. The story is told by Peter Knox, a rabbit "spotter," a human who is somewhat uniquely talented at telling the differences between rabbits, which is useful to the Rabbit Compliance Taskforce in identifying rabb ...more
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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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