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Dockwood

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It's a cloudy Tuesday in October and the residents of Dockwood are going about their business as usual. In Elmsview Nursing Home, a kitchen porter dutifully prepares lunch for residents. Elsewhere, a council worker sweeps the fallen leaves from the pavements. Along Nettlefield Road, a paperboy is delivering his daily round. And in the trees, swallows gather noisily in preparation for their annual migration. In this bittersweet and contemplative work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against the backdrop of autumnal transitions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 198 x 272 x 12mm | 381.02g
  • Nobrow Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1907704264
  • 9781907704260
  • 40,912

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It's a cloudy Tuesday in October and the residents of Dockwood are going about their business as usual. In Elmsview Nursing Home, a kitchen porter dutifully prepares lunch for residents. Along Nettlefield Road, a paperboy is delivering his evening round. And in the trees, swallows gather noisily in preparation for their annual migration. In this bittersweet and contemplative work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of locals against the backdrop of autumnal transitions.
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Review quote

McNaught's comics are slow, quiet and very sensitive to place and time. The work is certainly poetic but not precious or twee. And the drawings are beautiful. Masterful stuff for someone so young.--Seth, author of Wimbledon Green and George Sprott: 1894-1975 in Time McNaught [...] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life's details.--Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review This is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from Nobrow are first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling.--Rob Clough, High-Low The beauty of McNaught's work is the way he adapts his primary practice, printmaking, into beautifully observed and measured narratives. There is never any great drama in his stories; instead, what you get is a brief but lyrical peep into someone's life, and a strong sense of the natural world that surrounds them. --Full-Page Bleed Exceptional stuff from one of Britain's greatest comics talents.--It's Nice That Dockwood has a truly magical feel, as it builds to a cumulative greatness, making a short book a lengthy, involved reading experience, and making the reader stop and look around, reveling in their own personal quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully. They're all around, these quiet moments where nothing happens so beautifully, but sometimes it needs someone as talented as McNaught to remind us how magnificent our lives can be.--Forbidden Planet McNaught has a canny knack for finding something compelling in the humdrum and the monotonous; of imbuing each tiny moment with a flowing, rhythmical splendour of its own.--Broken Frontier Dockwood is a kind of visual prose-poem, tranquil, meditative, autumnal. The book is its own total aesthetic; McNaught uses color and form to evoke feeling here, with minimal, unobtrusive dialogue that functions more as ambiance than exposition. Lovely.--Biblioklept "McNaught's comics are slow, quiet and very sensitive to place and time. The work is certainly poetic but not precious or twee. And the drawings are beautiful. Masterful stuff for someone so young."--Seth, author of "Wimbledon Green" and "George Sprott: 1894-1975" in "Time" "McNaught [...] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life's details.""--Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review" "This is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from NoBroware first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling.""--Rob Clough, High-Low" "This is McNaught's first major release, and he certainly lives up to his considerable potential. Unsurprisingly, the production values from NoBroware first-rate, and McNaught's obviously dry sense of humor punctuates his beautiful, methodical storytelling." --Rob Clough, High-Low "McNaught [...] makes each panel contemplate the smallest of life's details." --Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review
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About Jon McNaught

Jon McNaught graduated from the University of the West of England in 2007 with a degree in illustration. He now lives in Bristol where he works as a printmaker and freelance illustrator, and contributes comic strips to various publications.
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Rating details

371 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 43% (159)
3 23% (85)
2 9% (33)
1 1% (3)

Our customer reviews

This book is quite amazing. The emotion captured in each illustration is quite phenomenal. I re-read this book a number of times and found myself becoming more involved in the artists interpretation each time. The rendering of these pieces is nothing short of amazing. He captures light and emotion through fine nuances in the artwork that seem to affect the reader on a subliminal level, leaving the story line to wander on before your eyes.show more
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