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Mrs Weber's Omnibus [Hardcover]

Posy Simmonds
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25 Oct 2012 Mrs Weber's Omnibus

In May 1977 Posy Simmonds, an unknown young illustrator, started drawing a weekly comic strip for the Guardian. It began as a silly parody of girls' adventure stories, making satirical comments about contemporary life. The strip soon focused on three 1950s school friends in their later middle-class and nearly middle-aged lives: Wendy Weber, a former nurse married to polytechnic sociology lecturer George with a large brood of children; Jo Heep, married to whisky salesman Edmund with two rebellious teenagers; and Trish Wright, married to philandering advertising executive Stanhope and with a young baby. The strip, which was latterly untitled and usually known just as 'Posy', ran until the late 1980s.

Collected here for the first time are the complete strips. Although celebrated for pinpointing the concerns of Guardian readers in the 1980s and their constant struggle to remain true to the ideals of the 1960s, they are in fact remarkably undated. They show one of Britain's favourite cartoonists, celebrated for Literary Life and Tamara Drewe, maturing into genius.

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224096834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224096836
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.8 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For Christmas I would like Mrs Webers' Omnibus please" (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)

"Easily the most charming thing in The Guardian ever." (Roland White Sunday Times)

"A satisfyingly fat collection of her old Guardian strips that will make you laugh out loud." (Rachel Cooke Observer)

"Posy Simmonds's Mrs Weber's Omnibus...collects her Guardian strips of the 70s and 80s about a scruffy, wellmeaning Guardian-reading family and their friends... Her cosy in-jokes about middle-class silliness and her sharp political fury over sexual inequality and the divide between rich and poor remain remarkably undated." (Justine Jordan Guardian)

"Her dry humour and sharp line are combined with merciless observation on the foibles of the middle-classes.a comic genius who has stood the test of time." (Tatler)

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For the first time, a complete collection of the classic Guardian strips that made Posy Simmonds famous.

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(Corrects first name of Wendy Weber) Posy Simmonds' superb cartoons are ostensibly a fond look at the lives of three-middle class families in Britain in the late 1970s and 1980s as they deal with the challenges of teenage kids, a struggling economy, the growing gap between rich and poor, discrimination of various types, sex, relationships and jobs. Does this sound familiar? I hadn't read these cartoons since they first started appearing more than 35 years ago and they are as relevant today as they were then. The strip is remarkably timeless. It is focused on the earnest and well-meaning Wendy and George Weber, a left-leaning intellectual couple with six children. While Simmonds is very sympathetic towards her main characters, she is also quite happy to skewer them as well and often expertly notes the hypocrisy of people who betray their principles when it suits them. There is nothing dogmatic or strident about these cartoons; they are pointed and warm and funny. I am very glad to have found them again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid compilation 12 Dec 2012
By BrianC
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Just a joy to have all those Posy cartoons in one collection - they livened up my Mondays for so many years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflects a time and class like nothing else. 10 Dec 2012
By Kludge
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Hilarious tales of mirth and woe, brilliant writing, funny and moving. George Webber is an inspiration to us all. This is what being middle-class should be like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So True. 30 Jan 2014
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I've bought all of Posy Simmonds books & I especially enjoy the Weber family. I spent three weeks in hospital, in isolation, & the omnibus was a life-saver! The book is huge & the reader can dip in & out; the stories of everyday life in the Weber household amuse, the social comment is acute. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gruniad Reading Family 14 Dec 2013
By alidoc
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Have always liked these cartoons and wanted to have the omnibus edition.Gentle political humour in quicheland. I don't want Amazon to dictate how many words I write in a review. Lets go with pithy comments
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Stories 27 July 2013
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Purchased as a gift for my nephew & niece it makes a great bedtime read for little ones and good description of characters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Age has not withered 8 April 2013
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Brilliant work from the UK's greatest non-political cartoonist. i was a little worried that the insights might be getting as flared as the trousers, but absolutely not. It's a book to take slowly, but for most part it is as fresh and incisive as it was when it livened up the Monday Guardian all those years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 April 2013
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This is a collection of Posy Symmonds Guardian pieces gathered into one large heavy book. I am so grateful to have it printed like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much pleasure to be had
She draws beautifully and has a wicked eye for the foibles of the chattering classes. Ironic that she published these scarifying social comments in a certain humourless newspaper!
Published 13 months ago by OldSchoolie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous content but an unwieldy book to handle!
Posy Simmonds remains a genius but the person who decided to put her work into a strange shaped hard cover tome that weights a ton is not. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Bumping Into 'Old Friends'
Reading it was like bumping into 'old friends' that you hadn't seen for ages but still recall with affection. Read more
Published 18 months ago by H. B. Winslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Reminded me of working times in the 80s in association with the Extra Mural Department.
Book well produced and delivered on time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by F.W.Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Posy
Lovely book - well drawn and endlessly funny.
This was a Christmas present for an American anglophile.
And it arrived on time.
Published 19 months ago by Donald B. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Weber's Omnibus
Bought as a present for a Posy Simmonds fan - he was delighted with having all the works and more in one volume. Something to dip in and out of.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Jan Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for all retired professors of media studies
consider for subject of your next learned thesis - also suitable for all who knew and loved the Webbers - an empathetic but incisive graphic history of the faraway times before... Read more
Published 19 months ago by RedRuffLemur
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