Author(s): Rachael Ball
Iris (or balletgirl-42 as she's known on the internet dating circuit) is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her life becomes populated with a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Despite the attempts of her friends - Maud, Granma Suggs, Larry the Monkey and a group of singing penguins - to comfort her, Iris's fears begin to encircle her until all she has to cling to is the attention of a lighthouse keeper called sailor_buoy_39. The Inflatable Woman combines magic realism with the grit of everyday life to create a poignant and surreal journey inside the human psyche.
An unconventional and magical debut graphic novel about unrequited love, illness, hope, comrades and delusion
Rachael Ball is a cartoonist and a teacher. Her illustrations and cartoons have appeared in various publications including City Life, Deadline, Fanny, the Times Educational Supplement, the Radio Times, The Strumpet and Russ Kick's Graphic Canon of Childrens' Literature. The Inflatable Woman is her first graphic novel. @rachaelcartoons