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The Rabbit Back Literature Society

Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen (Author)

Billed as a cross between 'The Secret History' and 'Twin Peaks', the concept of 'The Rabbit Back Literature Society' immediately grabbed me. Lofty promises but, in many ways, the novel lives up to this hype with it's blend of a secretive group of writers and a semi-fantastical small town setting.


The book doesn't have a conventional or linear plot. Instead it follows Ella, the newest member of Rabbit Back's elite Literature Society, as she tries to unravel the secrets of this prestigious group. What is the meaning of the mysterious ritual 'The Game'? Where did authoress Laura White disappear to? Who is rewriting the town's books? And what happened to the previous tenth member of the society? As Ella attempts to find answers to these questions, the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur. 


I'm not usually a fan of novels that jump between genres, or those that leave the reader with more questions than answers. 'The Rabbit Back Literature Society' does both and yet I enjoyed it immensely and was drawn in by the mysterious society and it's clique of darkly funny members. Whilst not a novel for everyone, I think book groups would find a great deal to discuss and would urge any lovers of magical realism to give this book a go. 

Reviewed by: Amy Blaney - Little Haywood

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Publisher: Pushkin Press


Published Date: Thu 21st Nov 2013

Format: Paperback

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