Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart

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These Bagnolds are well-observed to the point of cruelty, and yet his affection for them is never in doubt, their receding chins and gentle half-smiles tugging at your heart right up until the moment the new term begins.
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'When someone looks back and writes a history of this summer, two people they will almost certainly leave out are Sue and Daniel Bagnold...'

So begins Joff Winterhart's sublimely funny and perceptive graphic novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer. Sue, 52, works in a library. Daniel, 15, is still at school. This was the summer holidays Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father's pregnant new wife in Florida. When they cancel his trip, Sue and Daniel face six long weeks together...

Joff Winterhart perfectly captures the ennui, the tension, the pathos and yes, the affection of this mother-son relationship. Already well-known for his animated films like Violet and Turquoise, he here shows himself to be a comics author of extraordinary talent.

Shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Award for Best Novel.
 

About Joff Winterhart

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JOFF WINTERHART is an illustrator, film-maker and plays drums in his band, Bucky. He lives in Bristol, where he walks his greyhound, Peep-Peep.
 
Published December 24, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 80 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Jun 30 2012

These Bagnolds are well-observed to the point of cruelty, and yet his affection for them is never in doubt, their receding chins and gentle half-smiles tugging at your heart right up until the moment the new term begins.

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