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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Limited Edition)

By: Laurence Sterne , Martin Rowson

Publication Date: October 1996


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Limited Edition) by Laurence Sterne, interpreted by Martin Rowson

Slipcased, quarter leather, marble boards, head and tail bound, numbered (1-100) and signed by the author.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is one of English literature’s most curious, complex and comic novels, perfectly suited to the distinctive, anarchic style of the celebrated cartoonist and illustrator Martin Rowson. Here he travels with his faithful companion Pete through the tortuous paths of Sterne’s infinitely digressive world, interpreting the great novel in a new way.

Rowson’s interpretation offers a perfect counterpoint to Sterne’s eccentric masterpiece, providing a modern viewpoint of the novel and bringing in deconstruction, a film version of Tristram Shandy by Oliver Stone, a vomiting whale, a ship full of critics, Martin Amis, D.H. Lawrence and a lot of noses.

‘Extraordinary – a magnificent tribute to its original.’ Lachlan Mackinnon, The Observer

‘As critical commentary and scholarly play, this rude and splendid comic book will delight true Shandeans.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘This graphic novel fully lives up to the wild goose chase the original is. As often is the case with pictures, they manage to tell pages of ramblings in one or two frames which is why the reproductions are astoundingly complete.’ Customer review


Martin Rowson has been a freelance cartoonist since leaving university in 1982. His work appears regularly in The Guardian, Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Daily Mirror and Sunday Tribune. His previous books include Scenes from the Lives of the Great Socialists; Lower Than Vermin: An Anatomy of Thatcher’s Britain, and the acclaimed cartoon version of The Wasteland. He has illustrated Imperial Exits and a children’s book, The Nodland Express. He is married with two children and lives in South London. To illustrate the beauty of this illustrated tome, indulge in a tour of some of the pictorial highlights.

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 189 × 246 mm
Publication Date

October 1996


Leather binding, 176pp