Ethel & Ernest

BRIGGS, Raymond (author and illustrator). Ethel & Ernest.

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BRIGGS, Raymond (author and illustrator). Ethel & Ernest. London; Jonathan Cape. 1998.

8vo. Original brown linen-textured boards, lettered gilt to spine, preserved in white pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [ii], 3-103 + [i]; attractively illustrated throughout in full colour in storyboard format; a fine copy preserved in a notoriously vulnerable near fine, unclipped dustwrapper (£14.99), with a couple of short (9mm) closed tears to spine ends, and a touch of lateral creasing to top edge of lower panel, internally fresh and fine with a previous owner's contemporary neat inscription to front free endpaper.
First edition, signed in ink by Raymond Briggs to the title-page. This graphic novel is the true story of Raymond Briggs' parents lives in London from the 1920s to the 1970s and a loving tribute to their resilience in dealing with a period full of extraordinary events and great social change. In 2016 it was successfully translated into film for BBC television, directed by Roger Mainwood, and starring Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn.