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Literary Life
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Literary Life

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Literary Life by Posy Simmonds

Book Description

This book consists of approximately fifty 'Literary Life' cartoons which were serialised weekly every Saturday in the Guardian's Review section from November 2002 until December 2004, and two short stories, 'Murder at Matabele Mansions' and 'Cinderella'. Posy Simmonds examines the pretensions of the literary world with her customary flair for light, witty satire and social observation. Women writers suffer 'Rustic Block' after moving to the countryside, type their sexual fantasies into their laptop, and (in 'Enemies of Promise') juggle the dilemmas of feminism and motherhood. Male authors are shown suffering the ego-perils of coming into contact with the public at book signings, and complain about reviewers and 'media hoops'. Jealousies and rivalries emerge out of reading groups; struggling small booksellers have to deal with recalcitrant customers or sales reps pushing the latest celebrity book. Simmonds' penchant for literary pastiche and parody is given full rein, as in 'Murder at Matebele Mansions'. And she wickedly suggests a family's fixed smiles as a young girl explains the plot of her Harry Potter book ...Funny, insightful and beautifully drawn, Literary Life will delight fans of Gemma Bovery.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224072694
ISBN-10: 0224072692
Format: Hardback
(253mm x 216mm x 10mm)
Pages: 72
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Baker Cat by Posy Simmonds Baker Cat, Paperback (August 2014)

All day long the baker's cat toils in the bakery and all night he is expected to catch the mice that run riot in the storeroom. If he doesn't catch any mice, the beastly baker tells him, he won't get any food.

Fred by Posy Simmonds Fred, Paperback (February 2014)

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Author Biography - Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including Gemma Bovery, Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. She has won international awards for her work, including the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessine for Tamara Drewe. Both Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe have been made into successful feature films. She lives in London.

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