Book Review: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt

31 Jan

Life Liberty and Pursuit of Sausages by Tom HoltGenre: Literary fiction/satire

Publisher: Hachette Book Group (Orbit)

Pub date: 2nd Feb 2011

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

I can’t believe that I waited this long to read a Tom Holt book. Silly of me, but I mean to make up for it this year. I think that makes it rather clear that I loved Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages. What’s not to love…

Synopsis (from NetGalley)

Polly is a real estate solicitor. She is also losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner’s to pick up her dress for the party, it’s not there. Not the dress – the dry cleaner’s.

And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on – and it’s going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.


It’s hard to review a book that creates its own rules of reality and logic and throws in “a comedy of transdimensional tomfoolery.” But if you enjoy suspending disbelief for the worthy cause of a fun story, this is the book for you.

There are parallel realities, jumps in the time-space continuum and women lawyers with musician brothers.

When Polly realizes that there is something very strange going on, she enlists the help of her musician brother Don. But instead of helping Polly, Don has to deal with his own troubles. He thinks he can make people vanish!

I also loved the jabs at the real estate industry and their magical powers of creating land and buildings.

Enjoy this story of absurd plot, and sub-plots, eccentric characters, dry wit and fantasic worlds.

And most importantly, read to answer the question once and for all: “What came first: the chicken or the egg?”

The multiple sub-plots and many characters can be overwhelming at times. This is a book I read over a week, at times going back a few pages to catch up. But I loved it throughout.

I have not discussed the plot too much here, because part of the fun of the book is to uncover each plot point as you go along and I don’t want to spoil that.


If you like inhabiting worlds like the ones Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams create, then this is definitely the book for you.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5*

*See my Rating policy


4 Responses to “Book Review: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt”

  1. Deborah February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    This sounds great fun – and a quirky, eye-catching cover too. I want it!

    • Rebecca Glenn February 3, 2011 at 2:28 am #

      Thanks for linking up over at The Book Frog. Remember, the Linky’s open every Tuesday and Saturday!!


      PS I’ll be hosting the Book Review Blog Carnival again on March 6th. I’ll send you a reminder as soon as submissions start coming to my email!

      • stargazerpuj February 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

        Thanks, do send me a reminder. I think I have a couple of posts scheduled around that time already!

    • stargazerpuj February 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      Quirky it definitely is and not just the cover! I read this on my Kindle, so I’ll also be looking for a physical copy of the book once it becomes avaialble in India.

      Read it and tell me what you think.

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