Flake (Hardback)
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Flake (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages
Published: 02/04/2020
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Waterstones Says

Affectionate, hilarious and filled with dazzling puns, Flake tells of rival ice-cream men in a small coastal resort in Northern England. While principally comic, Dooley’s very funny debut pays visual homage to Chris Ware’s melancholy, but with a huge burst of sunshine and optimism thrown in. Flake is a delightful, laugh-out-loud graphic novel that puts Dooley into the top ranks of comic fiction.

Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2020

A stunning first graphic novel by a Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story competition winner - a tale of a skirmish in the ice-cream wars that is worthy of Alan Bennett.

In the small seaside town of Dobbiston, Howard sells ice creams from his van, just like his father before him. But when he notices a downturn in trade, he soon realises its cause: Tony Augustus, Howard's half-brother, whose ice-cream empire is expanding all over the North-West...

Flake, Matthew Dooley's debut graphic novel, tells of how this epic battle turns out, and how Howard - helped by the Dobbiston Mountain Rescue team - overcomes every obstacle and triumphs in the end.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330580
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 719 g
Dimensions: 248 x 176 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

If Alan Bennett made graphic novels, they might look like this... But Dooley deserves to be recognised for his own talents and they are all on display in this fine, funny graphic novel that is full of sly humour and facial hair, set against a world of pub quizzes, crazy golf and crosswords. His flat drawing style has a deadpan comedy all its own, but it's the world he conjures up that stays with you. Lovely. - Teddy Jamieson, Herald Scotland 50 best books to give at Christmas*

Full of irresistible puns… A meld of Alan Bennett and the American comic-book artist Chris Ware…and also Tom Gauld. - Tim Lewis, Observer

The first graphic novel to win the Wodehouse prize for comic literature. It's a cheerfully nostalgic trip into a north-western English town of pub quizzes, crazy golf and crosswords, and a testament to the powers of salt water and friendship in a crisis. Dooley's merrily inventive ice lollies are worth a book of their own. - James Smart, Guardian Books of the Year*

Dooley is deft at employing a Chris Ware-like sense of ennui… Flake is principally comedic, comedic in the way that Magnus Mills is comedic or Wallace and Gromit… We will watch to see what he does next with baited breath. - Bookmunch

[Matthew Dooley] handles this gloomy trifecta of middle age, limited financial prospects and an English costal resort in the melancholy style familiar to fans of Chris Ware, but unlike that great prophet of emptiness, restores a sunburst of optimism to this dismal corner of the nation by book's end. - Strong Words

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“Just Lovely”

Nothing more British. A really charming story of a hapless, crossword puzzle loving ice-ceam van man drawn in to a war for his "patch". Alan Bennet as drawn by Chris Ware.

Hardback edition
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“Choc-ice full of Northern nostalgia”

Full disclosure...this is the first graphic novel I’ve read and I’m so glad I’ve ventured into this genre. A truly charming, funny and whimsical story about an ice cream war in Northern England. Lovely story and... More

Hardback edition
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“Charming and Witty”

This really is fantastic. Well worthy of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Comic Fiction Prize. Superbly witty, and wonderfully charming, this story is uplifting and encouraging. I enjoyed every moment of it. From the... More

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