Cassandra Darke

Cassandra Darke

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'Simmonds is a copper-bottomed genius... she is as brilliant a writer as Britain has' Jenny Colgan, Mail Online

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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 234 x 268 x 17mm | 720g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224089099
  • 9780224089098
  • 89,053

Review Text

"Posy Simmonds is the mother of the British graphic novel… The end [of Cassandra Darke] is startlingly poignant, and like all good satire it has a quiet reflection on human mortality at its heart."
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Review quote

"Simmonds is a copper-bottomed genius... she is as brilliant a writer as Britain has." -- Jenny Colgan * Mail Online * "Scrooge is reimagined for 21st-century London in Posy Simmonds's devilishly good graphic novel, Cassandra Darke - her first in a decade. Cassandra is a marvellous creation... There is too much clever detail in each of the panels to take in everything at first read - but Cassandra is an antiheroine you'll want to return to." -- Siobhan Murphy * The Times * "Simmonds has long been something of a national treasure." -- Teddy Jamieson * Herald Scotland * "[This] glorious, inky black tale about a mean-spirited old bag of a Chelsea art deal provides more proof of [Posy Simmond's] genius." -- Rachel Cooke * Observer, **Books of the Year** * "The new graphic novel by cartoonist, writer and national treasure Posy Simmonds... is a page-turner, [but] it's impossible to gallop through words and pictures that are so richly textured, so sharply observed." -- Francis Wheen * Mail on Sunday * "A Christmas crime story that's bags of fun... Simmonds' pictorial storytelling is a joy." -- Anthony Cummins * Metro * "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 * "Posy Simmonds's delightful new graphic novel Cassandra Darke, full of wonderfully observed vignettes... [is] treasurable." -- David Sexton * Evening Standard **Books of the Year** * "[Posy Simmonds] is back with a new anti-heroine... [and] jewel-sharp illustrations." -- Claire Armitstead * Guardian * "Posy Simmonds is the mother of the British graphic novel... The end [of Cassandra Darke] is startlingly poignant, and like all good satire it has a quiet reflection on human mortality at its heart." -- Lucy Lethbridge * Tablet *
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About Posy Simmonds

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.
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Rating details

403 ratings
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5 36% (146)
4 43% (172)
3 18% (71)
2 3% (11)
1 1% (3)
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