Bloomsbury is publishing the debut graphic novel by British cartoonist and teacher Rachael Ball, The Inflatable Woman (October, £18.99).
The book is inspired by Ball’s own experience of breast cancer and tells the story of Irish, a zookeeper and internet dater diagnosed with cancer. Bloomsbury describe the book as “a charming but poignant story of illness, friendship and resilience which combines magic realism with the grit of everyday life to create a poignant and surreal journey inside the human psyche”. It has been written and illustrated, in black and white pencil, by Ball. Ball’s work has previously appeared in the TLS and the Radio Times.
Alexa von Hirschberg, senior fiction editor at Bloomsbury, bought world rights from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates. The book is being published in October to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.