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CASSANDRA DARKE by Posy Simmonds is a perfect Christmas book for our dark times.
Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth GBP7 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.
Posy Simmonds [is] one of the most wickedly hilarious people it's possible to imagine. -- Rachel Cooke - Observer
[Posy Simmonds] is back with a new anti-heroine... [and] jewel-sharp illustrations. -- Claire Armitstead - Guardian
In Simmonds's latest nuanced, warm-hearted satire a heartless art dealer makes a discovery that pushes her out of grim rut and into a dark quest. - Guardian, 50 of the Biggest Books to Look Out For in Autumn 2018
Simmonds' drawings are exquisitely observed, and seamlessly incorporate text messages and online news reports. Her muted palette, with occasional splashes of colour, is absorbing and in the curmudgeonly Cassandra...Simmonds has produced another character that comes living and breathing off the page. -- Carl Wilkinson - Financial Times
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
|Publication date:||1st November 2018|
|Publisher:||Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Graphic novels: literary & memoirs,|
Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including Gemma Bovery, Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. She has won international awards for her work, including the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessine for Tamara Drewe. Both Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe have been made into successful feature films. She lives in London.More About Posy Simmonds