Sunday 6 October 2019

Blog Tour ~ #Sonnets by Lucien Young

✨✨ Delighted to host today's stop on this Blog Tour ✨✨ 

3 October 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and also to Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part in this blog tour

#Sonnets is a collection of hilarious and inappropriate poems complete with illustrations of Elizabethan Robocop and Snoop Dog in tights . Musing on everything from Donald Trump to Tinder, comedy writer Lucien Young offers a Shakespearean take on the absurdities of modern life.

What did I think about it..

There's something really refreshing about reading Shakespeare inspired sonnets which are inspired by this crazy world we live in, and yet when you think about it the bard himself was commenting on his own life and times in his perceptive sonnets. What the author does in this clever collection is to look at all the quirky little bits of life and bring them right into contemporary consciousness with some very cleverly constructed verse. As with all iambic pentameter there is a rhythm to the rhyme and the 14 lines of verse are easy to read, delightfully mischievous and laugh out loud funny.

The wry observations about Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are particularly apt but there's so much more than political satire. There are sonnets about the Kardashians, Marge Simpson and Game of Thrones, Wikipedia and Wifi,  even the ubiquitous Bag for Life gets a mention. I raced through the book, dipping into it at whim and soon became quite mesmerised by the accuracy of observation and the way the author captures each subject to perfection.

I can remember learning great chunks of Shakespeare at school and despite the brilliance of the bard the sonnets were never as much fun as these #sonnets by this clever author.

The sonnets are accompanied by wonderful illustrations by Ollie Mann

About the Author

Lucien Young is a comedy writer who has worked on various TV programmes, including BBC Three's Siblings and Murder in Successville, as well as three humour books, Alice in Brexitland, Trump's Christmas Carol and The Secret Diary of Jeremy Corbyn. He was born in Newcastle and read English at the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the world-famous Footlights Club.

Twitter @LucienDYoung #Sonnets




  1. Thanks for the blog tour support Jo x

    1. My pleasure, Anne. Enjoyed this one, it made me smile x


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