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Literary Life

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  140 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published November 27th 2003 by Jonathan Cape (first published 2003)
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Philippe Malzieu
Jan 07, 2015 Philippe Malzieu rated it really liked it
I discovered Posi Simmonds when I saw the Stephen Frears' movies Tamara drewe. It was already a story on writer's life. I read the book and I found it so charming, so british, a fine social analysis with humour. After, there was Gemma Bovery, a funny adaptation fron Flaubert and now this one. There are comic strips made for the Guardian. thus the difficulty of the exercise is to find an unity from this heterogenous pièces. By impressionists touches, she gives us a satyr of the English literary c ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Laurent rated it really liked it
Geweldige cartoons over lezen, schrijven, schrijvers en de boekenwereld.
Roberta Frontini (Blogue FLAMES)
é giro, mas não extraordinário
Joana Almeida
Aug 30, 2015 Joana Almeida rated it really liked it
This book is such a mess. It is made by pieces that the author put together as a book. But being a book addicted, I enjoy the way it tells us the problems in the literary world, with lots of sarcasm. It made me laugh.
painful and hilarious.
Sep 28, 2012 Iain rated it really liked it
Miscellaneous newspaper cartoons, mostly satirizing writers and other media luvvies. It's perhaps a bit incestuous at times—a Guardian cartoonist writing about Guardian types—but I like the way Simmonds experiments with the form, and it's interesting to see her gradually finding the voice she'd use in Tamara Drewe. I really enjoyed this collection.

Reading up on Simmonds, she's been around a lot longer than I realized; this collection is from 2003, but she started doing comics for the Guardian wa
Apr 28, 2010 Frances rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This has nice moments captured from 'Literary Life' but I was expecting funnier from the reviews, it's more like a nice 'ah yes' smile to yourself. The acknowledgement of the weaknesses and triviality of a group of people to which you want to or do belong.
I was also expecting more of a novel but most strips are only a page long, with reoccuring characters.
My favourite section was the last two stories which were more than a couple of pages. The illustration and characterisation is almost spot on
Dec 26, 2013 I rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I used to read these in the Guardian, later I found that the series had been made into a book. Possibly the best humorous look at writers, publishers, and the world of literature ever captured in illustration. Also, it's wickedly funny.

Jan 07, 2016 Eugenie rated it really liked it
Recueil des chroniques de Posy Simmonds dans le Guardian, ces petites planches humoristiques sur la vie littéraire (celles des auteurs, des libraires, de éditeurs, des lecteurs, etc.) charment par leur humour observateur, parfois bienveillant, parfois caustique. Une lecture très agréable et divertissante et un dessin sensible.
Fabrice Conchon
Nov 29, 2015 Fabrice Conchon rated it really liked it
Funny, witty graphic novel about a type of life I am not very familiar with : the literary life, i.e. the life of bookshop people, literary agents, editors, shy writers, writers with big egos, even readers.

An interesting serie of sketches very well drawn, a great book.
Highly amusing satire comprising witty snapshots on all aspects and actors engaged in a "Literary Life" -From writers to publishers to readers as well as Bookstore owners. A must read for all readers and writers of books :)
Mar 09, 2009 scarlettraces rated it it was amazing
i think posy simmonds is my new hero. i always liked her illustrations - kind of like skewed thelwell - but i hadn't read any of her writing. put the two together and she's social dynamite.

also makes me even more glad i do not make my living in publishing.
Apr 19, 2015 Annette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-this
Just fabulous!! My favourite strip was Wordsworth's daffodils - if you've read this, you'll know what I talking about!
Jul 10, 2014 Yasmin added it
Maybe it's because of Black Books, but I feel as if I've heard most of these jokes a billion times. But at least the art is nice.
Jan 21, 2014 Penny rated it really liked it
This book makes me laugh and makes me so glad I am not a writer or small bookstore owner! Wonderful to read on a cold winter's day with a warm cup of tea.
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