The Coalition Book Hardcover – September 18, 2014
by Martin Rowson (Author), Will Self (Introduction)
Since 2010, Martin Rowson has been documenting the highs and lows – mainly the lows – of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition week after week in The Guardian, as well as in The Morning Star, Tribune and many other publications. This book collects Rowson’s best, most brutally funny, cartoons from a period that began with a “big, open, comprehensive offer” to Nick Clegg, continued on through riots, phone-hacking, double-dip recession, and endless debates on Europe, and will end (perhaps) with the general election in 2015. Accompanied by witty explanatory text, The Coalition Book takes a biting satirical look at Cameron and Clegg’s first – and perhaps last – five years in charge. The book contains a foreword by Will Self.
Advance Praise “An inky ninja running riot in the corridors of power…” Phill Jupitus. “Martin Rowson is a good friend, exceedingly bad enemy. Cameron and Clegg deserve his ConDemNation.” Kevin Maguire “Martin Rowson? Best cartoonist working in the UK today. When you’ve got a vicious bunch of cut throats in power you need cartoonist who is up for the evisceration. Rowson’s your man.” Mark Thomas “Martin Rowson’s cartoons aren’t just all sorts of comic genius – their exposure of the wrongdoings of those with power make you want to have a revolution and thus pose a mortal danger to the status quo.” Owen Jones “Sending excoriating Exocets straight down at our current leaders, Martin Rowson is a great draughtsman and a sharply well-informed political critic with a wicked eye for detail as well as for the big picture.”
Polly Toynbee “REVOLUTION! Get Martin Rowson’s genius work in front of every pair of eyes in the country, and revolution will surely follow…it’s seditious, acerbic, masterly, and TRUE! And a thing of deep, dark beauty. Should be a compulsory text.” Pete Wylie, The Mighty Wah!
About the Author
Martin Rowson is an author and artist. One of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists, he is a regular contributor to The Guardian, the Daily Mirror and The Morning Star. Rowson is the author of several graphic novels, including adaptations of Tristram Shandy (SelfMadeHero) and Gulliver’s Travels (Atlantic Books). His prose books include The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to be Human and the memoir Stuff. In 2001 Rowson was named London’s ‘Cartoon Laureate’ by the Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: SelfMadeHero (September 18, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 12 x 1 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
British Politics for Fun
By F. S. L’hoir VINE VOICE on November 2, 2014
How I am enjoying “The Coalition Book”, a Coffee Table Book, which has found a permanent niche on a conveniently-located bureau in the loo, since continued laughter aids digestion!!!
To enjoy this book as much as I, you must be [in whatever order you wish] a) interested in British politics b) preferably of the Labour [or Green] persuasion c) disenchanted/furious with the current UK Coalition Government d) mad about Martin Rowson’s cartoons, which I stumbled upon in the Guardian just after the UK general election of 2010, and have followed ever since.
With its ongoing cast of recognisable recurrent characters, “The Coalition Book,” a [jaded] commentary on notable UK political events from 2010-14, presents the adventures of the denizens of Rowsonland: a fantastic country headed by a little fat lordling in lace, blue velvet, and ruby slippers, who bears a more-than-casual resemblance to the British Prime Minister; a sinister-but-preening behind-the-scenes axman in patent-leather shoes, white gaiters, and striped Public School trousers, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the budget-slashing Chancellor of the Exchequer (He is aided in his schemes by his ginger-haired frantic ‘familiar’ Beaker Alexander); and a wooden puppet who wants to become a ‘real politician’, but ends up as part of the furniture (He may remind readers of the Deputy Prime Minister). Aided by their dubious cabinet chums, as well as Fat Cat Banksters and Capitalist Pigsters, the superannuated schoolboys (& 1 girl) get up to all sorts of larks at the expense of the Rowsonland public, which, many readers may find, is a dead ringer for the British Public.
Regular fans of Rowson Cartoons will know that his remarkable drawings are not ‘one-joke’ cartoons.