James Gault reviews The Zucchini Conspiracy by Timothy Balding
This book is a masterpiece of hilarious and delightful nonsense. What kind of mischievous mind can conjure up, for a doppelganger of Donald Trump, a fat peasant woman who only speaks an obscure dialect from the South of France? What kind of ingenious intelligence can devise a plot where such a double can carry off a scheme to deceive a foreign power in critical nuclear disarmament negotiations? Answer: the kind that belongs to author Timothy Balding.
What credible explanation could there be, for instance, that would place a pyjama clad British Prime Minister called Theresa in the bedroom of the US president with a knotted rope in her hand? None that I can think of. But never mind, suspend your disbelief and embark on a roller coaster of laughs and chuckles that will keep the pages turning until the end of the book.
But, of course, as always with Timothy Balding, there is a serious underbelly to this political farce. The author takes an incisive scalpel to the municipal politics of rural France and the intrigues and ambitions of diplomats and politicians. Then he heaves a huge axe through the inflated ego of the current US president.
The result is a book that everyone but the most fervent Trump followers will love. Outstanding fun. Don’t miss it.