True Love

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100

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED

February 2016

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“From the simplest of lines Simmonds can conjure up a world of nuance and even novelistic insight … She is the greatest.” – Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

This
exclusive Expanded Version from SEQUENTIAL takes the original 1981 book and supplements it with a host of extras including a brand new interview with Posy Simmonds, original artwork, process material and sketches, photographs, audio excerpts, an audio introduction with Posy Simmonds and more. It’s the definitive version of a brilliant work by one of the UK’s most-loved authors – one that has a claim to be the very first British graphic novel.

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What flame may kindle with a wink and a jar of Stilton exchanged at an office Christmas party? In romantic daydreams, Janice Brady relives these gestures of Stanhope Wright, today only her boss, tomorrow… who knows? She sees the evening ahead when they may look up from their work and find that somehow there is no turning back. She wonders if Stanhope is a man who gives his heart. Maybe he just gives cheese.

Poor Janice. Victoria Medlicott seems to have moved into the after-hours’ slot: can it be a canned soup commercial those two are planning or something Stanhope’s wife Trish should know about? Above all, what do sheep have to do with it?

True Love
is a book which takes a grip on Romance – with hilarious forays into the style of those engrossing comics which raised sighs in many a breast. Whether it be the impossibly handsome Cliff Duff taking to the dance floor with heartbreaking modesty, or Stanhope deciding not to remove the child seat from the back of his car, Posy Simmonds captures all the thrills and absurdities with a wonderful, inimitable sense of fun.

• This book is read in landscape orientation.

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Paul Gravett

•Comics journalist and curator

“Posy is simply one the world’s most sophisticated contemporary authors expanding the scope and subtlety of the graphic novel … True Love in 1981 was conceived from the outset as a separate, 48-page album, a graphic novel in all but name. Plain and single office-girl Janice Brady is an avid consumer of slushy romance comics, who misinterprets her lecherous boss’s casual attentions and dreams of a whirlwind affair with him. Posy skilfully satirises the promise of idealised love promoted in the British romance comics genre.”

The Daily Telegraph

•British newspaper

“It is Posy Simmonds’ intelligent spirit – not to mention the ability to vanish and observe – that has made her one of our great cartoonists.” – Sarah Crompton

The Scotsman

•Scottish newspaper

“Posy Simmonds is smart, funny, and irresistible.”