Posy Simmonds on R4’s Open Book-  recently described The Inflatable Woman as ‘a very good graphic novel!’ So be like Posy (link to 2 chapters below.)

The Inflatable Woman 

An unconventional, haunting and stunning debut graphic novel about unrequited love, hope, friendship and delusion – containing beautiful original artwork from a new British talent.


Iris (or balletgirl_42 as she’s known on the internet dating circuit) is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her life becomes populated by a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Despite the attempts of her unforgettable friends – Maud, Grandma Suggs, Larry the Monkey and a group of singing penguins – to comfort her, her fears begin to encircle her and all she has to cling on to is the attention of a lighthouse keeper called sailor_buoy_39.


‘The Inflatable Woman
combines magic realism with the grit of everyday life, to create a poignant and surreal journey inside the human psyche.’

Sunday Telegraph, ‘Read it. Inspiring. Poignant. Wonderfully unconventional.’
Richard Brooks, Sunday Times, ‘Heartbreaking.’
Irish Times, ‘Startling and imaginative, poignant and funny. Ball combines visceral imagery of everything from prodding needles to breast reconstruction with a carefully considered, sparing use of text that lets her drawings tell the story. There are no flashy images or graphics,
just an unassuming pencil depicting a gritty reality. This is a thoughtful and original debut that brings the plight of a cancer patient into full focus.’ Financial Times, ‘An imaginative psychological study and a joyful testament to self-preservation.’

One of the Guardian’s Best Graphic Novels 2015
Paul Gravett’s Top 10 British Graphic Novels 2015


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