Latest Issue

In praise of Posy

Gemma Bovery is a brilliant, chilling creation

By Stella Tillyard   October 1999

For a while there hasn’t seemed much point in reading the tabloid section of the Guardian. Many of its best writers have departed; the books section has seemed indiscriminate and inconsequential, and we are treated to endless mushy celeb profiles in which the interviewer effortlessly gives prominence to his own talents and travails. But just when one was ready finally to concede that the Independent, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times were streets ahead, along came a clarion call to loyalty. Gemma Bovery is Posy Simmonds’s serial, graphic, reworking of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. After 100 daily episodes in the Guardian it…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect