Alice in Brexitland by Lucien Young (Review)

alice in brexitland

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?

112 pages

Published on June 1st 2017 by Ebury Press

Oh. My. Goodness!!!

This was so funny. And depressing. And ridiculous. And real.

For those of you who haven’t heard, there was a referendum in the UK on June 23rd 2016 in order to decide whether to get a divorce from the EU. The divorce was approved by the British public (although not by me). So, this book is telling the story of those events through the eyes of young Alice, who is pretty clueless about politics, and wants to try and figure out what the heck is going on.

She meets a whole array of people who try and help her out including:

  • the white rabbit – or Camerabbit (David Cameron)
  • the Caterpillar – or Corbynpillar (Jeremy Corbyn)
  • Humpty Dumpty or Trumpty Dumpty (Donald Trump)
  • Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee – or Tweedle-boz and TYweedle-gove (Boris Johnson and Michael Gove
  • the Cheshire Cat – or the Cheshire Twat (Nigel Farage)

In her attempts to understand the situation, she realises that politicians lie and manipulate in order to get what they want and ends up becoming disillusioned with the whole situation. She ends up lost, accused of being an illegal immigrant, stealing jobs and all sorts of other craziness.

I was laughing out loud whilst reading this, and being a person very interested in politics I found it incredibly disturbing at how accurate the depictions were.

There were some amazing illustrations – which I adored, and I just couldn’t stoop myself from reading bits out loud to my poor long suffering partner, who also did find them funny.

One of the funniest things about this is that when I requested it from netgalley, it was described as “non-fiction”!!!!!!!!

I recommend this to anyone who wants to try and take a lighter hearted look at the Brexit situation – after all the serious side is way too depressing to handle most days!

Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Finished on May 9th 2017

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You can buy the book here if you wish:

Alice in Brexitland by Lucien Young

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