Ethel & Ernest (Paperback)
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Ethel & Ernest (Paperback)

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Paperback 104 Pages
Published: 27/10/2016
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A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages, now a major animated film starring Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway

Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents' marriage, lady's maid Ethel and milkman Ernest, from their first chance encounter in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971.

Told in Brigg`s unique strip-cartoon format, Ethel and Ernest live through the defining moments of the twentieth century: the darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post war austerity to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s.

Ethel & Ernest is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781911214601
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 252 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 8 mm


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Briggs has always had the ability to move his readers, but never more powerfully than this. - Stephen Pritchard, Guardian

As our memory of pre-Niketown Britain fades, we should be grateful that Raymond Briggs is so brilliantly equipped to remind us of what we used to be, and why. - Nick Hornby, New York Times

Ethel & Ernest imparts, as the best novels do, the sense of lived lives. It’s not too much to say you come to love these people... Briggs’ book earns our tears. Ethel & Ernest is a just about perfect miniature: small in scale, not in spirit. - Charles Taylor, Salon

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“Brilliant ”

Having first read this picture book many years ago I was inspired to re-read it after seeing the fantastic motion picture version over the winter. For me this story brings to life the story of two ordinary people who... More

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Katy Wheatley

“Bittersweet, Poignant Memoir”

With the loss of Briggs last week, it seemed important to mark the occasion by re-reading some of his works. Ethel and Ernest is probably his most personal work, telling as it does, the life of his parents from the... More

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