When someone looks back and writes a history of this summer, two people they will almost certainly leave out are Sue and Daniel Bagnold . . .
So begins Joff Winterhart’s sublimely funny and perceptive graphic novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer.
Sue, 52, works in a library. Daniel, 15, is still at school. This was the summer holidays Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father’s pregnant new wife in Florida. When they cancel his trip, Sue and Daniel face six long weeks together.
Joff Winterhart perfectly captures the ennui, the tension, the pathos and the affection of this mother-son relationship.