Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent ~Goodreads~
Published by Quercus 2016
Hardback edition 112 pages ~Book Depository~
Thank you to my lovely Sam for buying me these Famous Five books, I know I’m going to enjoy each and every one of them xxx
It is the night of the referendum and the Five have retired to Kirrin Island to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, fed up with the rancour of public debate. George is firmly a ‘remainer,’ whilst Julian, who is in the ‘Brexit’ camp, is tolerated on the grounds that Anne cannot bear to go camping without him. (Timmy, largely apolitical but not keen on cats or rabbits, joins them too.)
The night is tempestuous in more ways than one. George has managed to rig up a satellite link with the mainland so they can keep abreast of the news, and they sit huddled around the fire, amidst some tension, as George’s initial hope that the ‘remainers’ will triumph proves premature…
During what was meant to be a relaxing, politics-free stay on Kirrin Island, the shocking result of the referendum brings the Five an ordeal of their own. Passions fly high in the quest for the Island’s independence, straining the beloved close-knit friendship of the original adventures.
This book was lightly doused in humour, mainly poking fun at either itself or the real events of brexit. The funniness resides in the contrast between the sincere, innocent fun of Blyton’s series and the deceitful, manipulation of the actual brexit campaigns (from both sides of the camp).
This is an amusing satire on the arguments for and against Brexit, and also a satire of the Famous Five itself. It is actually done quite well, imitating Blyton’s style, and I find myself wanting to re-read the originals. The whole Brexit angle, however, still smarts. But I’m looking forward to getting the other books.