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Hailed via The Comics magazine as considered one of Europe’s most vital and cutting edge comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his attractive and emotionally resonant autobiography approximately starting to be up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers jointly and makes to be had in English for the 1st time all six volumes of the across the world acclaimed picture work.

David B. used to be born Pierre-François Beauchard in a small city close to Orléans, France. He spent an idyllic early youth twiddling with the local childrens and, together with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. yet their lives replaced without warning whilst Jean-Christophe was once struck with epilepsy at age 11. looking for a therapy, their mom and dad dragged the kin to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. yet each new healing resulted in sadness as Jean-Christophe, after short classes of remission, may purely get worse.

Angry at his brother for leaving behind him and in any respect the quacks who provided them fake wish, Pierre-François realized to manage through drawing beautifully complicated conflict scenes, developing photographs that supply a desirable window into his inside lifestyles. a good and frightening portrait of the affliction and of the ache and worry it sowed within the kinfolk, Epileptic can also be a relocating depiction of 1 family’s problematic historical past. via flashbacks, we're brought to the tales of Pierre-François’s grandparents and we relive his grandfathers’ studies in either global Wars. We stick to Pierre-François via his adolescence, early life, and maturity, the entire whereas charting his complex courting together with his brother and Jean-Christophe”s wasting conflict with epilepsy. Illustrated with attractive and impressive black-and-white pictures, Epileptic is as unbelievable, intimate, and heartbreaking because the top literary memoir.

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Apart from the fact we had our pre-match meals there, it was a handy place to go after training for a sandwich or bar snack and had the added attractions of snooker and darts. One particular lunchtime I saw George Miller – he was the pencil-slim left-footed dynamo from Dunfermline – sat in a corner scribbling away on scraps of paper. I sidled over with my sandwich and sat down. ’ I inquired nosily. ’ I was a bit of a gambler myself in those days, but I could not understand why he had so many bits of paper.

We had no problem finding Coven, but where on earth was this place called Brood? We finally gave up and went in a pub called the Ball, at Coven, for a drink. It was a really gloomy pub but I must say the beer was second to none. I asked the landlady the whereabouts of the Oakley Country Club and it gradually dawned on me that the signs I had seen which read ‘Brewood’ were the signs I should have been following. To this day I have never been able to fathom why the people of Wolverhampton pronounce Brewood as ‘Brood’!

A new signing asked me to accompany him to town and show him where the building societies were. ‘Come on, we’ll go in this one,’ he said when we reached the town centre. ’ When the cashier asked him how much he would like to open the account with, he answered ‘£6,500’ and promptly opened the briefcase he had with him before pouring the amount in notes onto the counter. I do not know who was more amazed, me or the cashier. £6,500 in 1965 could buy you three nice houses. Sitting in the office on Boxing Day 1964, waiting for the forms to be typed up, I was puzzled.

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