Days of the Bagnold Summer, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'When someone looks back and writes a history of this summer, two people they will almost certainly leave out are Sue and Daniel Bagnold...' So begins Joff Winterhart's sublimely funny and perceptive graphic novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer.

Sue, 52, works in a library. Daniel, 15, is still at school. This was the summer holidays Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father's pregnant new wife in Florida.

When they cancel his trip, Sue and Daniel face six long weeks together...Joff Winterhart perfectly captures the ennui, the tension, the pathos and yes, the affection of this mother-son relationship.

Already well-known for his animated films like Violet and Turquoise, he here shows himself to be a comics author of extraordinary talent.

It is shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Award for Best Novel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages, chiefly Illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9780224090841



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Beautiful. It made me cry. Sue even looks a bit like my mother looks now (even though I'm double Daniel's age), so I was reminded of all the little hurts I must have inflicted upon my parents during my teenage years, although I was a nice kid (as is Daniel).

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GoodThe Bagnolds are Sue, a 50+ yr old divorcee and Daniel a 15 year old metal fan. When Daniel’s father, who lives in the USA, and his new wife have a baby Daniel is not able to spend the summer with them as planned. He spends the summer hanging out with his friend Ky, toying with joining a band and alternatively getting under his mother’s feet and spending a lot of his time in his room, like all teenagers I think. The book has a simple 6 panels per page format and black & white art which fits well. I have seen reviews that say that this is unremitting and that Sue has an awful life but there is a lot of wry humour in here.Overall – Simple yet engaging episodic story

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