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Literary Life

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  7 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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painful and hilarious.
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
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
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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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.

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.
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.
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