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Product Details

  • Series: Days of the Bagnold Summer
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Extremely original, funny, touching and beautifully observed in both the drawing and the writing. There is probably no truer portrait of teenage and parental angst."  —Posy Simmonds, author, Gemma Bovery


"My graphic novel of the year . . . I love this book so much, I would have to instantly excommunicate any friend who didn’t feel the same way—though such is its greatness, this won’t ever happen."  —Observer

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Joff Winterhart is an illustrator, filmmaker, and drummer.

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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
I feel like I have to qualify this review because the rating does not reflect the book's quality but my own reaction to it.

I'm a 28 year old man who has read hundreds, if not thousands, of comics and my tastes are wide ranging from manga and anime to DC and Marvel to indie comics from Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Image, Dark Horse, and everything in between. So please don't think I'm marking this down because there isn't a masked vigilante with a cape as the protagonist. But I think this is a comic book for middle aged and older mothers who probably don't read many comics.

"Days of the Bagnold Summer" is the story of six weeks in the summer which Sue, a 52 year old single mother who works as a librarian, and her 15 year old metalhead son Daniel spend together. It's a subtle story told in 6 panel per page vignettes that comprise an accurate and moving portrait of the kind of relationship middle aged mothers and teenage sons have. The book reminded me of when I was a teenager (though I wasn't into metal nor did I wear a hoody) and Daniel's behaviour toward Sue was, at least in part, familiar. It's observations are spot on and the book overall is a true slice of life.

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Oh GOD it's soooooo DEPRESSING! Joff Winterhart really went all out to make Sue's life so miserable! She's 52 but looks older and she really hasn't aged well. She was never a beauty but at 52... phew. And she wears massive sweaters and giant glasses... I can already feel female readers turning on me as I write! She's alone with her son, reminiscing of the times when he was younger and they had a more amiable and communicative relationship but now, he's distant. Her husband left her for a younger, more attractive woman. She doesn't have a significant other.
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