Hodder & Stoughton is publishing a new standalone novel from Jasper Fforde, tackling topics of racism and privilege in a story about human-sized rabbits.
The Constant Rabbit is set 55 years after an "Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event" when a family of human-sized rabbits move into a small village and the villagers decide they must depart, leaving the rabbits questioning everything "they’d ever thought about their friends, their nation, and their species", according to its synopsis.
Fforde said: "The Constant Rabbit looks at a downtrodden minority: rabbits. They also have different habits, different values, and don’t quite buy into the whole anthropocentric manifest destiny thing. Humans only want the rabbits to be one thing: gone."
Hodder & Stoughton managing director Carolyn Mays said: "Jasper Fforde has been delighting readers for 20 years with his unique combination of humour and fantasy. Hodder is proud to be publishing this new novel, in which serious subjects – racism, privilege, the increasing schism in society – are viewed through his unique lens to help us all see ourselves in a clearer light."
After 20 years in the film industry, Fforde’s debut novel The Eyre Affair hit the New York Times bestseller list in 2001. Fforde has written a further 12 novels with global sales now totalling over 3.5 million, according to Hodder.