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On Richard Hollis

Christopher Turner: Richard Hollis, 24 May 2018

... typography from a student of Wright’s, was living in Bloomsbury with his partner, the cartoonist Posy Simmonds, and had just resigned from his post as art editor of New Society. The school had broken up for the holidays and the studios were empty of all competition. When Glazebrook remarked that he was looking for someone to redesign the Whitechapel’s ...

Animal Crackers

Michael Neve, 22 May 1986

Sexual Selection and Animal Genitalia 
by William Eberhard.
Harvard, 244 pp., £21.25, January 1986, 0 674 80283 7
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Females of the Species 
by Bettyann Kevles.
Harvard, 270 pp., £16.95, May 1986, 0 674 29865 9
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A Concise History of the Sex Manual 
by Alan Rusbridger and Posy Simmonds.
Faber, 204 pp., £10.95, April 1986, 0 571 13519 6
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... worth the glance that can take in the illustrations by the even-better-now-than-she-used-to-be Posy Simmonds. The subject, historically considered, is important, in that at certain crucial historical moments sexual advice-giving has mattered, has made a difference. Even Marie Stopes, riddled with eugenical prejudice, brought relief, as indeed Kinsey ...

The Dark Horse Intimacy

Daniel Soar: Helen Simpson, 16 November 2000

Hey Yeah Right Get a Life 
by Helen Simpson.
Cape, 179 pp., £14.99, October 2000, 0 224 06082 1
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... young women, not all of them mothers, who can just remember what it was like to be younger. She is Posy Simmonds without the social criticism, and without the pictures. But then she doesn’t need pictures: Above her the cherry trees were fleecy and packed with a foam of white petals. Light warm rays of the sun reached her upturned face like ...

A Human Being

Jenny Diski: Karl Marx, 25 November 1999

Karl Marx 
by Francis Wheen.
Fourth Estate, 441 pp., £20, October 1999, 1 85702 637 3
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Adventures in Marxism 
by Marshall Berman.
Verso, 160 pp., £17, September 1999, 9781859847343
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... In a recent column in the Guardian he railed against the Booker committee for failing to include Posy Simmonds’s unremarkable cartoon parody Gemma Bovery in the shortlist of best novels of the year. Apparently, ‘each of Simmonds’s beautifully observed drawings is worth at least a thousand words of descriptive ...

Exasperating Classics

Patricia Craig, 23 May 1985

Secret Gardens 
by Humphrey Carpenter.
Allen and Unwin, 235 pp., £12.95, April 1985, 0 04 809022 0
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Reading and Righting 
by Robert Leeson.
Collins, 256 pp., £6.95, March 1985, 9780001844131
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Pipers at the Gates of Dawn 
by Jonathan Cott.
Viking, 327 pp., £12.95, August 1984, 0 670 80003 1
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... a lesbian fillip. On the back cover of Reading and Righting appears a Guardian cartoon by Posy Simmonds, which shows some unspeakable enthusiasts sounding off about Beatrix Potter and her darker allegories (‘Squirrel Nutkin ... external menace ... paranoia’). Jonathan Cott would have done well to take to heart the warning communicated ...

Not in a Box

Julian Barnes: Mary Cassatt as Herself, 26 April 2018

Mary Cassatt, une impressioniste americaine a Paris 
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, until 23 July 2018Show More
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... world, or wholly in their own; never in ours. This one, forefinger in mouth, has the air of a Posy Simmonds mite; this one hides behind his mother’s neck and his own fist, peering suspiciously at the viewer; this one, face aligned next to its mother’s, seems to have sucked the life out of her, the mother trying to disguise exhaustion as ...

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