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Reviews

  • Astonishing . . . How on earth does she do it? The ingenious concision, the warmth of feeling . . . I cannot hope to capture all that this extraordinarily generous and roomy book contains.

    Rachel Cooke, Observer, *Graphic Novel of the Month*
  • Drawing is often seen as a cartoonist's primary skill, but Bechdel can also really write . . . Fresh, clever and moving . . . It [The Secret to Superhuman Strength] is probably her most beautiful [work].

    Lucy Knight, Sunday Times
  • The long-anticipated return of . . . one of the most acclaimed authors in the genre, this should be one of the year's highlights.

    Kate McHale, Bookseller *Graphic Novels Spotlight*
  • Every bit as deep, searching and multi-layered as Bechdel's previous efforts . . . The new book is fun, too . . . A sort of very sweaty A Portrait of an Artist.

    Tom Tivnan, Bookseller
  • Everything you'd expect in a work from Alison Bechdel: wry, insightful and multi-layered. It even almost made me want to do some exercise.

    Matthew Dooley, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2020
  • Alison Bechdel's literary, illustrated dive into a lifetime of fitness fads - from skiing to karate to yoga - is characteristically expansive and profound.

    Vanity Fair
  • Funny and moving.

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  • Astonishing... Through her precise drawings, we can feel the yearning for a sense of equilibrium, an attempt to abolish the dissonance of being fully alive while racing down a ski slope, at the same time knowing with certainty that one day she will die.

    Fani Papageorgiou, Financial Times
  • Gorgeous...The Secret to Superhuman Strength feels perfectly pitched to meet the nervy uncertainties of our almost-post-lockdown moment. It's a wise, wry, generous look at selfhood, ageing and mortality, a sort of hymn to transformation, to the importance of forging connections and the necessity of letting things go.

    Sarah Waters, Guardian
  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength practically glows with a beguiling mixture of intellect, warmth and humour, the suppleness of which is helped by a surprisingly lavish use of colour.

    Lucy Scholes, Daily Telegraph

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