When Mole (from Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”) finds a tunnel behind the big old cupboard in his kitchen and goes exploring, little does he know the adventures in store. For the passage-way turns out to be a time tunnel that eventually brings him out in the mid 1990’s – a strange world in which his beloved valley has been devastated by hulking shed-like shopping zones and most of the animals seem to be trapped inside flotillas of bizarrely-shaped contraptions moving at nightmare speeds along a network of titanic roads.
He meets descendants or look-alikes of his old chums, all involved in business, politics and such like. But the time tunnel has unaccountably invested in him a magical skill: whomever he is near is unable to resist telling him the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
A biting satire on modern Britain, by turns scathing and heart-rending, The Wind In The Pylons captures its essence, seen through the eyes of an innocent abroad. The author, with sharp eye and cutting wit, holds a mirror up to “the way we live today”: compared with Kenneth Grahame’s bucolic view of life at the turn of the last century, it is not a pretty sight.
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I felt compelled to let you know how much I enjoyed The Wind in the Pylons.
It presents a perfect blend of poignancy, humour and righteous anger and is a wonderful expose of our corporate controlled political system with all its negative consequences. The innocent presence and incredulous reactions of Mole are a delightful reminder of the simpler view that we have forsaken in exchange for the ever-elusive dream of happiness through consumerism and growth ("explosive growth", even).
I shall certainly be recommending this book to friends as I can sincerely say it is one of the most enjoyable, heartening books on topics close to my heart that I have read. I can't wait for Volume 2! Pamela Forsyth, Argyll
There are wonderful moments of bleak humour in this book, interwoven with savage insights into the narrow and morally bereft lives of those who control society through conspiracy between big business and political ambition. Toad’s descendant sits right at the centre of power, but happily still retains the family’s frightening yet entertaining habits.
Gareth Lovett Jones has captured the essence of Grahame’s writing style and acute observation, turning the original story upside down in a way that is uncomfortably close to home. As I pass through the streets of our cities, the business parks and commuter villages that now invade so much of our countryside, I am constantly reminded of scenes and characters in this book. Read it and look around. Brian Johnson, English Nature
"...beneath its cosy exterior is a savage satire on modern Britain." Independent On Sunday
“Please read this book and be ashamed that you have sat back and let this happen - then arise from your apathy and do something about it before your children face an even bleaker future.” David Bellamy - botanist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner
“I screamed with laughter.” Sir Roy Strong - writer and historian
"Lovett Jones’s timely rewrite of a classic novel provides a shocking reminder of how much and how fast our environment is being despoiled and degraded – often with the assistance of those who should be acting for the public interest. Read it – then join an environmental pressure group. Tony Juniper – Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
"Rage transmuted into enchantment." Marion Shoard - author of This Land is Our Land