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Tamara Drewe

Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds

Tamara Drewe has transformed herself. Plastic surgery, a different wardrobe, a smouldering look, have given her confidence and a new and thrilling power to attract, which she uses recklessly. Often just for the fun of it. People are drawn to Tamara Drewe, male and female. In the remote village where her late mother lived Tamara arrives to clear up the house. Here she becomes an object of lust, of envy, the focus of unrequited love, a seductress.

 

To the village teenagers she is 'plastic-fantastic', a role model. Ultimately, when her hot and indiscriminate glances lead to tragedy, she is seen as a man-eater, a heartless marriage wrecker, a slut. First appearing as a serial in the "Guardian", in book form, "Tamara Drewe" has been enlarged, embellished and lovingly improved by the author.

Tamara Drewe was awarded the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessine. 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 contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the Guardian since 1977, and has won international awards for her work. She lives in London. The book made many comics critics' best-of-the-year lists when first published in hardback and deservedly so; Stephen Frears is currently adapting Tamara Drewe for the cinema with a film starring Bond girl Gemma Arterton.

 

Jonathan Cape, paperback, 136 pages, published September 2009

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