Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts…
She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?
I will be honest, satires aren’t my thing normally, but I was persuaded by the political slant on this and the fact that like a fair few people I’m living in a state of despair at the state of the country right now! Sometimes having a good laugh at the thing that’s causing you the most stress is just what you need the most!
Alice in Brexitland is a lighthearted romp through wonderland but not as we know it, Alice now falls down the rabbit hole and lands in Brexitland, our now familiar characters are reincarnations of the politicians who have played a huge part in our political landscaping in the past couple of years and Alice’s interactions with them is laugh out loud hilarious.
Writing as Leavis Carroll to ensure the authenticity of the satire, Lucien Young has even included the American political story with Trump making an appearance as Trumpty Dumpty, I think his personality was completely nailed and I was in stitches reading this.
I’ve said before that my sense of humour tends to miss the point with comedy. I often don’t laugh when I should and I watch comedy with a confused expression not quite understanding why everyone is laughing. That didn’t happen here. I laughed from cover to cover and the illustrations throughout just added to the hilarity.
This isn’t a big book, it took me an hour to read it, but it’s a great light-hearted read which really kind of puts our political climate into check!
A huge thanks to Lucien Young and Ebury Publishing for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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Title: Alice in Brexitland
Author: Lucien Young
Genre: Satire | Comedy | Politics | Non-Fiction
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 1 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover
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