Bootleg – Alex Shearer


Alex Shearer lives with his family in Somerset. He has written more than a dozen books for both adults and children, as well as many successful television series, films, and stage and radio plays. He has had over thirty different jobs, and has never given up trying to play the guitar.

Bootleg was made into a successful three-part BBC TV drama that was shown in 2002.

The book in one sentence: Dictatorial political party the Good For You Party has banned chocolate and all things pleasurable from the country to help people lead healthier lives, but this ruling is not to taken meekly by Smudger and Huntly, who eventually became bootleggers for chocolate and had chocolate ‘eateasy’ parties!

Who would you recommend it to: Doubtless, chocolate lovers! Can you imagine a life without chocolate? No? Read this book then.

OK bits: Love the concept of the book.

Boring bits: Nothing particularly boring.

Verdict: This book is just like chocolate – guilty pleasure. It’s not a literary book but it sure is enjoyable, reading about people who love chocolate so much that they do whatever it takes to have them, even if it means breaking the law! The ending is a bit nonsensical to me, but it is a children’s book and so you should just let your imagination run free.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. museditions
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 13:21:13

    Life without chocolate?!?!?! 😯
    Well, at least it’s a children’s book, but it might traumatize the poor darlings! I love to read good children’s books; this one looks good. I hope there is a happy (chocolatey) ending! 🙂

    nylusmilk: i know! 😮 haha, don’t worry, the ‘eateasy’ parties are very fun and full of chocolatey goodness! and yes, there’s a happy ending. otherwise we would traumatise the poor darlings now, wouldn’t we? 😉


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  3. someonelovesme!
    Aug 25, 2009 @ 13:51:57

    This Book Is Awesome!
    I LOVE How It Ends…
    ( I Also LOVE Chocolate ) xD

    nylusmilk: finally, someone else who read this book! i cannot recommend it enough for people who love chocolate, seriously.


  4. Leeroy Jenkins
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 05:17:19

    This book is quite difficult to read, it was quite hard to understand what was happening. I give this book at 7/10 & I give the author a 4/10, because he DID NOT explain in DETAIL , what was happening ALL the time .. :/ sorry .


    • Leeroy Jenkins
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 05:18:18


      nylusmilk: haha, i’m glad you enjoyed the book like i did. i must re-read this book soon.


  5. Zwei
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 03:56:00

    poor boring 2/10


  6. Zwei
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 03:57:01

    on second thoughts…


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