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Tillie Walden


Page 45 Review by Publisher Blurb

"You gave up the sky for her."

That's possibly the most romantic sentence ever written.

Another quiet, contemplative and sublime gem from Tillie Walden, creator of I LOVE THIS PART, a former Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month and one of my favourite little books in the shop.

Along with her autobiographical SPINNING - released aged 21 in 2017 and another Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month - this, from 2016 and now in hardcover, also comes with a sense of perspective which no one of Tillie's relatively tender years should possess.

Told in the second person singular, a young woman casts her mind across her life. It's so engrossing, so cleverly done that you won't notice the switch in tenses the first time around, and as it concludes you'll have forgotten where you came in so that the final three pages are truly startling.

The lines are crisp, the shadows deep and the night sky positively glows.

There's always something truly magical in Walden's work and at one point, as the pull quote suggests, the woman finds herself suspended in the sky, living in the cup of a hollow sphere, from the top of which billow curtains which are never truly closed. Can you imagine the view? Can you imagine the tranquillity, reading and writing and sleeping with your supine cat?

"Then one day, you met her."

She was cycling through the sky.

"She was beautiful, wasn't she?"

Yes, so what did you do?

"You gave up the sky for her." Obviously.

Bittersweet does not even begin to cover this tale.

Only once is there more than a single sentence per panel - quite often there is silence instead - and within the recollection itself those panels are bordered only by what lies within.

High in the sky, with the wind tossing the lanterns and tousling her hair, there are no borders at all.