Ball, Rachel. The Inflatable Woman

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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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Year: 2015
ISBN-10: 140885807X

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  1. Steven Oliver Post author

    This graphic novel takes it title from the inflatable ’tissue expander’ used in breast reconstruction.
    Plenty going on in this story – much of it quite odd (talking zoo animals, lost love in a lighthouse…).
    There’s a great section on ‘breaking bad news’ at the start which is well worth reflecting on – and a rather critical eye on the communication skills of specialist cancer nurse – ‘Nurse Bobby’!

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