The House That Groaned is a graphic novel that explores bodies and the spaces they inhabit. It is set in an old Victorian tenement housing six lonely individuals who could only have stepped out of the pages of a comic book. There is the retoucher who cannot touch, a grandmother who literally blends into the background and a twenty-something bloke who’s sexually attracted to diseased women. Yet, as we learn the stories behind these extreme characters, it becomes apparent that we may share similar issues – as individuals and as a society.
Published by Penguin Random House’s Square Peg: 2012
‘The only way this wonderful ‘Book’ could have been written is by illustration…not by word…rather like the hidden stories drawn on the walls of caves’ Nicholas Roeg (director of Don’t look Now)
‘It’s an enjoyable tale, dark but full of energy, fascinated by the private lives and perversity that bulge beneath suburbia’s façade.’The Guardian
‘The oddball tenants of a shared London house jump off the page in Karrie Fransman’s bleak yet beautiful graphic novel’The Observer
‘Few British début graphic novels have been as audacious and unsettling’Times Literary Supplement