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Living With The Leopard By Maggie Allder

Monday 18 September 2017


From Church Times:


Living With The Leopard

Living With The Leopard by Maggie Allder

By Caroline Bowder
11 August 2017
© Church Times 2017. All rights reserved.

Caroline Bowder on faith, love, and fatigue in a fictional England

MAGGIE ALLDER’s novel Living with the Leopard is set in the fairly near but unfortunately recognisable future, in post-Brexit England, where the ill and increasing homeless are considered feckless skivers, and religion, however mild, is labelled extremism. The Government controls by operation of Benefits, the ATTF (Anti-Terrorism Task Force), informers, and 1984-style surveillance.

Carrie, the protagonist, is denied career opportunities, having refused to “take the Oath of Allegiance”. But “Opposing authority is a little like sharing your life with a wild animal. You never know when it will pounce!” Hence the Leopard.

”The Leopard” is also Illness: the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (suffered also by the author), which dogs the young Carrie — and the whole narrative — and produces one of the funnier aspects of the book, the corrective government course that Carrie has to attend to confront this anti-social condition.


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