Avery Hill Publishing has announced two new releases for Autumn 2022, with two beautiful looking books.
First up, set for a September release, is Suzanne - The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis by Tom Humberstone. Suzanne tells the incredible story of Suzanne Lenglen, a woman who changed the face of sport and society in the trailblazing Jazz Age.Out in September
Then in October, it's Sennen by Shanti Rai. A timeless tale of adventure, and the discoveries we make as we explore beyond the boundaries of our childhood, into the uncertainty of the adult world.
Check out these stunning previews. They're definitely ones to keep an eye on.
Suzanne - The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis
By Tom Humberstone
Out 01/09/2022 (UK) - 08/09/2022 (North America)
208 pages, softcover, full colour throughout, 168 x 239mm
The incredible story of Suzanne Lenglen, a woman who changed the face of sport and society in the trailblazing jazz age, but who few even remember.
One of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen was a woman few even remember. A championship player by the age of fifteen in a Europe overshadowed by impending war, Suzanne Lenglen broke records for ticket sales and match winning streaks, scandalised and entranced the public with her playing outfits, and became a pioneer, making friends and enemies throughout restrictive tennis society in the trailblazing jazz age.
With stunning art and an astute eye, Suzanne explores how a figure both enormously influential and too-often overlooked battled her father’s ambition, bias in sporting journalism, and her own divisive personality, to forge a new path — and to change sport forever.
Tom Humberstone is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh. His work has appeared in Phonogram (Image), Doctor Who (Titan) and the Eisner award-nominated Nelson (Blank Slate). He writes and draws non-fiction comics for the Ignatz award-winning The Nib, as well as the New Statesman, Vox, Buzzfeed and others.
Out 20th October 2022 (UK) - 27th October 2022 (North America)
100 pages, softcover, full colour throughout, 168 x 239mm
Sennen’s life is mostly perfect – spending her days tending the fields in her idyllic village and her evenings with her beloved family, all tucked into the crook of a green and beautiful valley. And if it wasn’t for the masked figures descending from the hills with increasing regularity to take their harvested food to deliver to their Gods, she’d have no worries at all.
But when the demands for tribute strike closer to home, Sennen is forced to flee the paradise of her valley and venture into the home of the Gods to save her family and their way of life – only to discover that those we worship are not always what they seem, and the lives we lead are not always so simplistic after all.
Sennen, the debut graphic novel from exciting new British author and artist Shanti Rai, tells a timeless tale of adventure, and the discoveries we make as we explore beyond the boundaries of our childhood, into the uncertainty of the adult world.
Shanti Rai is a London-based illustrator who graduated from Camberwell in 2017. Her work has appeared in Day Dreams, KO and Persephone. She was one of Broken Frontier's Six To Watch In 2018.