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Tamara Drewe


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A brilliant graphic novel inspired by Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd by the author of the widely acclaimed Gemma Bovery

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Tamara Drewe was awarded the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessine.

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 contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the Guardian since 1977, and has won international awards for her work. She lives in London.


Bucolic British melodrama goes a bit off the rails in this wonderful, loosely modernized version of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. When a pretty journalist (Tamara/Hardy's Bathsheba) waltzes chirpily into a seemingly serene writers' colony, men and marriages tumble in her wake. Frumpy Beth and suave bounder Nicholas run the writers' retreat, which orbits around Nicholas's celebrity status as best-selling author. Then London-based Tamara, who's strutting her stuff post-nose job, moves back into her nearby family house. She soon pairs up with rock drummer Ben but draws attention from everyone else in the community, male and female: Beth, Nicholas, gardener/handyman Andy, American academic Glen, and meddling starstruck teens Jody and Casey. Simmons shines at mixing comedy and tragedy in a satirical ballet of appealing yet all-too-human characters who bungle their lives badly. But like Simmons's earlier winner Gemmy Bovery, Tamara Drewe is simply droll, tragic or not, and her mastery of British dialog and superb plotting make this a real poster child for the literary graphic novel. Or, if you will, the graphic novel for grown-ups. With sexual themes and occasionally strong language, for adult collections.-M.C. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Posy Simmonds is the laureate of English middle-class muddle, a peerless observer of their romantic confusions, emotional insecurities and professional vicissitudes. She gets to the heart of them more incisively and wittily than any number of her contemporaries... Tamara Drewe offers not only the psychological intricacy of good fiction but also the pictorial subtlety of art -- Mail on Sunday * Anthony Quinn *
Simmonds manages to be both sympathetic and merciless...she has a novelistic insight and ear for dialogue... If civilisation falls leaving only Tamara Drewe behind, it can be used as a blueprint for a flawless reconstruction of English village life in the mid-2000s, right down to the hoodies in the bus shelter * Daily Telegraph *
Posy Simmonds is a true child of Hogarth, her accomplished cartoons a merciless commentary on the way we live now -- Penny Perrick * Sunday Times *
Simmonds is much more than a cartoonist: she makes us realize that a great cartoonist can be a great artist too -- Stella Tillyard * Prospect *

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