New Release Books by Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds is the author of Mrs Weber's Omnibus (2020), Literary Life Revisited (2020), Cassandra Darke (2018), Lulu and the Flying Babies (2017) and other 12 books.

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Mrs Weber's Omnibus

release date: May 21, 2020
Mrs Weber's Omnibus
In May 1977 Posy Simmonds, an unknown young illustrator, started drawing a weekly comic strip for the Guardian. It began as a silly parody of girls' adventure stories, making satirical comments about contemporary life. The strip soon focused on three 1950s school friends in their later middle-class and nearly middle-aged lives: Wendy Weber, a former nurse married to polytechnic sociology lecturer George with a large brood of children; Jo Heep, married to whisky salesman Edmund with two rebellious teenagers; and Trish Wright, married to philandering advertising executive Stanhope and with a young baby. The strip, which was latterly untitled and usually known just as 'Posy', ran until the late 1980s. Collected here for the first time are the complete strips. Although celebrated for pinpointing the concerns of Guardian readers in the 1980s and their constant struggle to remain true to the ideals of the 1960s, they are in fact remarkably undated. They show one of Britain's favourite cartoonists, celebrated for Literary Life and Tamara Drewe, maturing into genius.

Literary Life Revisited

release date: Jan 30, 2020
Literary Life Revisited
First published in 2003, Literary Life became an instant classic as readers (and writers) delighted in watching Posy Simmonds skewer the pains and pretensions of the writer’s (and reader’s) calling with her inimitable flair for witty satire and sharp social observation. As well as all the cartoons and comic strips from the original edition, The Complete Literary Life includes 40 extra pages of cartoons, including the two series Rick Raker and Dr Derek, in which two very different heroes attempt to right the wrongs afflicting the writing world, one by brute force and skulduggery, the other with a silky bedside manner.

Cassandra Darke

release date: Nov 01, 2018
Cassandra Darke
***WINNER OF THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2020*** 'Simmonds is a copper-bottomed genius... she is as brilliant a writer as Britain has' Jenny Colgan, Mail Online Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million. She has become a social pariah, but doesn't much care. Between one Christmas and the next, she has sullied the reputation of a West End gallery and has acquired a conviction for fraud, a suspended sentence and a bank balance drained by lawsuits. On the scale of villainy, fraud seems to Cassandra a rather paltry offence - her own crime involving 'no violence, no weapon, no dead body'. But in Cassandra's basement, her young ex-lodger, Nicki, has left a surprise, something which implies at least violence and probably a body . . . Something which forces Cassandra out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local streets paved with gold and lit with festive glitter, but grimmer, darker places, where she must make the choice between self-sacrifice and running for her life.

Lulu and the Flying Babies

release date: Oct 05, 2017
Lulu and the Flying Babies
Lulu doesn't want to be stuck in a museum, she wants to play outside in the snow! She sits on the bench and sniffs. Before she knows it the flying babies have escaped a painting and swept her off her feet. Lulu is flown into a whimiscal, magical adventure through a world of pictures, meeting Kings, growling at tigers and getting lost in the woods.

Gemma Bovery

release date: Jan 12, 2011
Gemma Bovery
It a coincidence that Gemma Bovery has a name rather like Flaubert’s notorious heroine? Is it by chance that, like Madame Bovary, Gemma is bored, adulterous, and a bad credit risk? Is she inevitably doomed? Gemma is the pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery, the reluctant stepmother of his children, and the bête noire of his ex-wife. A sudden windfall and Gemma’s distaste for London take them across the Channel to Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon wear off. Gemma’s neighbor, the intellectual baker Joubert, is consumed by fascination for her. Denying voyeurism but nonetheless noting every change in the fit of Gemma’s jeans, every addition to her wardrobe, all of her love bites and lovers, Joubert——with the help of the heroine’s diaries——follows her path toward ruin. Adultery and its consequences. Disappointment and deception. Fat and slim. Then and now. Familiar ingredients of the novel are given new life in Gemma Bovery’s unique graphic form. From the Hardcover edition.

Tamara Drewe

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Tamara Drewe
Having transformed herself with plastic surgery, newspaper columnist Tamara Drewe uses her newfound confidence and power of attraction recklessly as she embarks on an affair with a married detective novelist, while two teens, aware of her torrid affair, send out e-mails from her computer, with unexpected and dark consequences. Original.

Lulu and the Chocolate Wedding

release date: May 05, 2016
Lulu and the Chocolate Wedding
Lulu is going to be a bridesmaid, but the night before the wedding she eats too much chocolate and is very poorly. Lulu has a nap to feel better, but before long she is woken up by someone crying. Join Lulu on her very chocolatey escapades as she tries to rescue the wedding cake's sugar bride from some mice who have a very sweet tooth.

Fred

release date: Feb 06, 2014
Fred
Fred's owners, Sophie and Nick think he is the laziest cat in the world, but who knows what goes on after dark? It's only after their beloved pet dies, that they discovers he has been leading an exciting double life . . . 'Enchanting, an instant classic' Sunday Telegraph 'Fred is pure delight' Guardian

Baker Cat

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Baker Cat
A humorous story about a baker cat and his mice friends.

Lavender

release date: May 01, 2004
Lavender
Description Whenever there is the slightest hint of danger, Lavender the rabbit can be found with her friends the goose and the hens clucking with concern. So when a group of tourist town foxes arrive on their very first visit to the countryside, Lavender is very wary indeed, even though the town foxes think that the idea of eating rabbits is just sick. When the town foxes invite the rabbits to a party, Lavender has no intention of going until her fellow rabbits tease her for being chicken. Incensed, Lavender joins the group and even perseveres when the others decide that the situation has become a bit scary. What happens next, as the town foxes come face to face with their hungry country cousins, ensures that Lavender returns home a heroine!

F-freezing Abc

release date: Jan 01, 1998
F-freezing Abc
'A-A-A-atishoo, ' sneezed the anteater, 'brr!' shivered the bear and 'It's cold, ' complained the cat. Anteater, Bear, Cat and Duck are f-f-f-freezing and so go on a journey in search of somewhere warm and cosy. . . On their way, they meet some weird and wonderful alphabetical creatures and sights - yaks playing xylophones and 'chopslicking' foxes for starters.

Mustn't Grumble

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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