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15 June 2021

Ethel and Ernest is Raymond Briggs's 'most emotional and tender work. A mix of comedy and tragedy, it is filled with the working-class couple's perspective on subjects spanning politics and class, to education and sex, all set against a background of world events, societal shifts and technological developments. No wonder the book is used in schools as a chronicle of twentieth-century life. It is also an autobiography of sorts, full of personal memories and recollections' (David Trigg in the summer 2021 Art Quarterly). In fact Ethel and Ernest is a great novel and one day will br universally recognised as such.

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