Posy Simmonds (The Illustrators)


The first book on this celebrated graphic novelist and satirical cartoonist. 

In the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Posy Simmonds has become one of Britain’s best-known satirical cartoonists. She is also a much-loved author and artist of widely translated children’s books and graphic novels. These include Fred, animated in 1996 into the Oscar-nominated short film Famous Fred, and Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe, both adapted into films, increasing her international fame. 

This is the first book to explore Simmonds’s life and work from her early childhood to the present day. She offers insights into her creative process and provides unprecedented access to her ‘workroom’ and archives containing sketchbooks and rare or never-before-seen artworks. A portrait emerges of Posy Simmonds as a chronicler and critic of contemporary society and a storyteller in words and pictures of rare perception and humanity. 

ISBN: 9780500022139. 

Publication Date: May 2019. 

Format: PLC. 

Pages: 112. 

Illustrations: 80. 

Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.7cm. 


Paul Gravett is a writer, critic, curator, publisher and broadcaster who has been working in the comics industry since 1981. He is author of many books about comics, including Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life and Comics Art, and was general editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He is co-director of Comica, the London International Comics Festival.