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Graphic Novels

Just So Happens - Fumio Obata

Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident. Yumiko returns to Tokyo for the

Just So Happens review - Fumio Obata's elegant graphic novel

Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. When she first arrived years ago, she found the city harsh; the air seemed often to be thick with tension.

House of Fun: 20 Glorious Years in Parliament - Simon Hoggart

Read about how John Major learned the English language from his time in Nigeria. There is Tony Blair, with his verb-free sentences which imply everything and promise nothing. Gordon Brown, the grumpiest prime minister of recent years, both Stalin and Mr B

House of Fun by Simon Hoggart - review

I thought it unnecessary, and perhaps ethically dubious, to cover this book when its first edition came out in 2012; but now, following Simon Hoggart's death earlier this month, and the addition of a selection from a year's worth of parliamentary sketches

Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad

It wasn’t easy to stay clear of the Roman Empire. At apogee, it extended all the way across Europe and the Mediterranean basin, into Africa and Asia.

Asterix and the Picts - Didier Conrad

When Asterix and Obelix rescue a mysterious Pict named MacAroon, they must journey to Caledonia, now Scotland, to return him to his lady love, Camomilla, the adopted daughter of the old king. However, the treacherous chieftain, MacCabeus, plans to marry h

The Best of Alex 2013 - Russell Taylor, Charles Peattie

Among other things, Alex Masterley is forced to deal with the political (and financial) fallout of 'austerity Britain', a change at the head of the Bank of England, and a transformation of the banking industry's regulatory body - things can only get bette

Lighter Than My Shadow - Katie Green

A beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately heart-lifting graphic memoir. Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for brea

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green - review

A gripping graphic novel about a woman's battle with eating disorders Many artists claim to have been saved by their craft. But Katie Green 's searing memoir of a young life dogged by eating disorders feels special. It follows her from a quiet but happy

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me by Ellen Forney - review

Until she was 30, Ellen Forney, an award-winning Seattle-based artist, took her slightly unusual personality for granted. Her obsession with exercise, her impulsive sexuality, her bouts of ecstasy: she considered these things, however uncomfortable, a maj