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Literary Life

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As serialized in the Guardian newspaper, this is a hilarious collection of “Literary Life” cartoons lampooning the absurdities of the aspiring metropolitan middle class, plus a selection of short stories, by the author of Gemma Bovary.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 23rd 2003 by Jonathan Cape (first published 2003)
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Elizabeth
painful and hilarious.
Iain
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...more
Frances
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...more
Penny
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.
City of Villages
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.

[http://books.guardian.co.uk/posysimmo...]
scarlettraces
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.
Yasmin
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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.
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