Rabbits (Hardback)
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Rabbits (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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Tommo has just moved to a prestigious boarding school. A product of the middle class, and with new-found independence thrust upon him, he finds himself invited into fading crumbling country houses.

It’s the early nineties and the elite he is now surrounded by is struggling for relevance. Alienated from the mainstream, and running low on inherited wealth, his peers have retreated into snobbery and fatalism. Initially awed by their poise and seduced by their hedonism, Tommo gradually becomes aware of sinister undercurrents and a suppressed rage that threatens to explode into violence.

In this world, half-remembered traditions mix with decadence and an awful lot of small dead animals. And sometimes, not just animals. When Tommo’s friend Johnnie’s brother is found dead, a shotgun at his feet, he realises there are secrets that everyone knows, but no one speaks about, or even acknowledges. And those secrets can no longer be hidden.

'Darkly funny as Saltburn, but with kilts' – Val McDermid

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781846976704
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Darkly funny as Saltburn, but with kilts' - Val McDermid

'Sometimes sad, often funny coming-of-age story... a fine novel. It is moving, as novels of time lost and time recovered always are' - Allan Massie, The Scotsman

'a coming-of-age story with a mind-blowing opening paragraph, the novel explores middle-class teenager Tommo's moves among the fading elite of society and the sinister undertow of their world, holding the reader in a vice-like grip all the way to the final page' - Sunday Post

'Hot on the heels of Saltburn and Jonny Sweet’s The Kellerby Code, Hugo Rifkind’s entertaining new novel offers another jaded look at the antics of the posh . . . keeps the outrageous laughs and twists coming in equal measure' - Alexander Larman, Observer

'It is terrific... really captures the anxiety of youth' - Matt Chorley, Times Radio

'Rabbits is an instantly compelling novel; it is simultaneously poignant, peculiar, tragic, and very, very funny. Highly recommended' - Sathnam Sanghera

'A remarkable achievement, a novel that so well encapsulates the slightly feral condition of teenage boys tasting independence for the first time ... recreates a world unknown to most readers, like Saltburn, rather creepily repellent, but with all its fascination to the outsider' - Linda Grant, Booker Shortlisted author of The Clothes on Their Backs

'The best 2 a.m.-whisky story of madly evocative nineties' youth: parties in crumbling houses, and a sense of time running out. This book is fabulous company – you’ll cancel your own parties to get to the end. A queasy, hilarious joy' - Caitlin Moran

'The leap from journalism to fiction is not always an easy one, but in Rifkind's case, my only frustration is that he took so long to take the leap. A darkly funny, often disturbing, hugely entertaining story that sneaks around behind the crumbling facades of wealth and masculinity to smoke a joint and shoot some shit' - Tim Minchin

'Rabbits pulls you in and doesn't let go. A dazzling, compelling novel' - John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends

'A menacingly funny story of dark secrets, coming-of-age faltering, and the dirty seduction of being sucked into elite circles... Rabbits is a droll, bold, disturbing dynamo of a book' - Joanne Owen, LoveReading

'A poignant story of doomed love... a "proper debut", a coming of age story drawing heavily on his own background and experience' - Herald

'Rabbits is for the most part populated by pretty unlovable people who become progressively less lovable. But it is saved by a wider social and historical resonance, a sympathetic narrator who just needs a big hug, and a readable style that keeps the pages turning' - Bernard Hughes, The Arts Desk

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“A unique and powerful novel.”

This is a gem of a book. The narrative voice that Hugo has managed to create here is at once arresting and disarming. I loved Tommo, his furtive approach to life and his deadpan reasoning. Reading about male... More

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