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Alice in Brexitland by Lucien Young

Alice sat by her sister on the riverbank and wondered if she might not die of boredom…As a last resort, Alice glanced at the book her older sister was reading. Its cover bore these words: ‘THE DEBATE SURROUNDING MEMBERSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION’. She peeped inside, but saw in it no pictures or conversations. ‘And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’ Moreover, she spotted among its strange, unwieldy words one that was all too familiar:’Brexit’. Alice shuddered…

Lewis Carroll’s universal fairytale holds the same charm today as it did in 1865.

2016: Alice is perplexed by the chaos around her and the idiosyncrasies of those in power in London. And then she goes down the ‘Brexit-hole‘. With characters such as David Camerabbit, Corbyn-pillar, The Cheshire Twat and the easily recognisable Trumpty Dumpty( from across the Atlantic) sitting on his wall, Lucein Young paints today’s abysmal world scenario, with a coat of sheer wit and satire. Lewis Carroll’s fictional characters come to life and ironically, their characteristics match those of the real-life leviathans portrayed in Alice in Brexitland.

As someone I know mentioned, the kind of book you can breeze through when on a train( maybe the Eurostar!)



About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on June 26, 2017 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction and tagged , , .
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