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The alluring discontent of Posy Simmonds

The late style of the graphic novelist is both enticingly accessible and disturbingly perceptive

Taken from the cover of Cassandra Darke. Photo: POSY SIMMONDS/PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

As a small child, the artist and author Posy Simmonds used to sit under the table with a book and, hidden by the long tablecloth, listen enthralled to the grown-up conversations going on above her head: “I was aware of an adult world where things seemed to go terribly wrong and awful things happened.” Almost seven decades later she is still recording an adult world where things go terribly wrong, in pictorial narratives in which satire…

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