Has 2017 made you feel like you are living in an alternate reality? Somewhere between a hallucinogenic dream and down the twisted tunnels of Alice’s rabbit hole? If so, you might want to propose Lucien Young’s, writing as Leavis Carroll, book, Alice in Brexitland for your next overseas book club reading.
As the cover says “You don’t have to be made to live here, but it helps.”
In this timely adventure Alice, lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – 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?
“How doth the politician lie
To burnish his career
And with his bogus slogans try
To bend the voter’s ear!
He’ll promise in each interview
That perfect joy awaits
And all the while he’s screwing you
To help his wealthy mates.”