High Times in the Low Parliament

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High Times in the Low Parliament


A lesbian stoner buddy comedy with fairies — about Brexit!

High Times is funny, literally outlandish, and deeply relevant. A dazzling world, a terrifying predicament, and a lot of hallucinogenic drugs combine in an unlikely, engaging tale of friendship, wit, heroism, and romance.”—Malka Older

“Witty, warmhearted, frequently gorgeous and an awful lot of fun.”
NPR Best Books 2022

Hilarious, and at times hallucinogenic, Kelly Robson’s High Times in Low Parliament lives up to its title. This book could flirt the knickers off a nun—or a politician—or a wicked fairy—then swagger back to snuggle us before our pillows grew cold.”—C.S.E. Cooney

“A great read, with all the right ingredients!”—Ellen Kushner

A satirical send-up of politicians and bureaucrats wrapped in a story of queer love and female friendship, sprinkled with fairy dust . . . Readers who like their political fantasies and power trips to go down with a spoonful of sugar will eat this up.”—Library Journal

“Robson’s fans will enjoy this easygoing perspective on a politically charged fairy tale world.”—Publisher’s Weekly (link)

High Times in the Low Parliament is, at its best, demented fun and shrewd satire . . . Robson has introduced us to a thoroughly engaging rogue in Lana, along with an appealingly grumpy fairy who comes to learn that humans might, after all, be worth saving from themselves. It’s a pair we wouldn’t mind visiting again.”—Locus

“By capturing the essence of the quintessential stoner type while infusing it with queer sensibility and centering the idea of joy as a tool for real change, Robson opens up new avenues for comedic fantasy that I’m excited to see expand in the future.” — Ancillary Review of Books (link)

Lana Baker is Aldgate’s finest scribe, with a sharp pen and an even sharper wit. Gregarious, charming, and ever so eager to please, she agrees to deliver a message for another lovely scribe in exchange for kisses and ends up getting sent to Low Parliament by a temperamental fairy as a result.

As Lana transcribes the endless circular arguments of Parliament, the debates grow tenser and more desperate. Due to long-standing tradition, a hung vote will cause Parliament to flood and a return to endless war. Lana must rely on an unlikely pair of comrades—Bugbite, the curmudgeonly fairy, and Eloquentia, the bewitching human deputy—to save humanity (and maybe even woo one or two lucky ladies), come hell or high water.