Karroté is the debut novel by Duncan Watkinson. Published in the UK by Black Spot, it is the author’s darkly comic take on the books about talking animals that he read as a child.
Karroté is a comedy fantasy for adults, telling the story of a rabbit warren, imaginatively named, The Warren, and the trials its inhabitants face when their lives are threatened by a band of evil foxes.
The story is aimed primarily at people who like their comedy tinged with a touch of the absurd. Although the novel is a strictly Magic-Free Zone, it should also appeal to fans of the fantasy genre. First and foremost however, it is a firmly tongue-in-cheek and utterly irreverent look at the cute and cuddly stories we tell our children.
From the Back Cover:
Pansy is a cantankerous old misery, a dreadful cynic and pretty much burning up with hate and regret. It is only natural therefore that for many years he has pursued a successful career in teaching.
Pansy has history – ‘an eventful past’ shall we say, and unbeknownst to the rest of his warren, who think he is merely a grumpy old git, Pansy was once arguably the most dangerous rabbit on the planet. For you see, in his youth, Pansy was a fox-killer.
That was a lifetime ago, but as we all know, like Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, or a one night stand with a fat chick, one’s past does have a rather annoying habit of catching up with you eventually…
Karroté is a comedy fantasy for adults. This novel strips away all of the conventional romance and fluffy niceties associated with the talking animal genre. It laughs in the face of cute, and flips the vees at cuddly. Welcome to life at the bottom of the Food Chain.
Puerile, vulgar, and a grammatical affront to English speakers everywhere, this book is not recommended for children – or lovers of foxes with vivid imaginations.