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The House That Groaned

The House That Groaned (Paperback)

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It's 141 Rottin Road. 'A cosy, one-bedroom apartment on the first floor of a charming Victorian conversion. Newly decorated and with a separate kitchen and reception room. Located just a bus ride away from a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars'. Welcome to The House that Groaned and the six lonely inhabitants of its separate flats, characters so at odds with themselves and their bodies that they could only have stepped out of the pages of a comic novel. There's Barbara, our make-up artist heroine and man-made blonde bombshell; Matt, the photographic retoucher who can't touch; Janet, the tormented dietician; twenty-something Brian, the diseaseophile whose sexual penchant takes him to the edge of perversion; old Mrs Durbach, who literally blends in to the background; and, the gloriously fleshy and hedonistic Marion, matriarch of the Midnight Feasters. Behind the house's anonymous facade, the building is decaying. As pipes explode and walls collapse, events force the residents out of their doors and into each others lives - with dramatic consequences. Exploring the themes of body image, sexuality and the loneliness and isolation of contemporary urban life, "The House that Groaned" is a modern-day fairy tale full of magic realism and farcical symbolism which will woo both comic fans and attract new readers to the medium.

Children'sFiction & true storiesComics or graphic novelsFiction & PoetryGraphic NovelsGraphic novels: literary & memoirs Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 20/02/2012 ISBN-13: 9780224086813  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Karrie Fransman's autobiographical comic strips 'My Peculiar World' were published in the Guardian's G2, and her graphic story, 'The Night I Lost my Love' was published in the Times in 2010. She also makes Comic Apps and sculptures and her work has been exhibited in London, Belgium and Russia. She runs projects at the London Print Studio and House of Illustration. Born in Edinburgh, Karrie now lives in London in a house not dissimilar to the one in her book. You can see more of her work at www.karriefransman.com

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In this extraordinary story, every character is directly related to their bodies or body phobias and fetishes. From Barbara, the beautiful make-up artist, to Matt the professional photographer-retoucher who is terrified of human touch; Janet the tormented guru of a slimming programme; lonely Mrs Durbach who blends into every part of the house; Brian with a fetish for sick, disfigured or dying women and Marion, a hedonist who makes Janet’s life a living temptation. All living in the same old and sinister building trying to avoid/relate to each other the best they can. Witty, dark and wonderfully illustrated!

Sofia, Design Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/02/2016

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