Author(s): Tom Gauld
In Baking with Kafka, Tom Gauld asks the questions no one else dares ask about civilisation as we know it. - How do you get published during a skeleton apocalypse?- What was the secret of Kafka's lemon drizzle cake?- And what plot possibilities does the exploding e-cigarette offer modern mystery writers?A riotous collection of laugh-out-loud cartoons in his signature style, Baking with Kafka reaffirms Gauld's position as a first-rate cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history.
Tom Gauld might just be the Edward Gorey of our time, channelling his wry humour and macabre aesthetic through exquisite black-and-white illustrations -- MARIA POPOVA Each single-page piece is a clever, funny, slightly bonkers riff on a literary theme . . . Sublime * * The Times * * One of the best cartoonists around! * * BoingBoing * * Praise for the works of Tom Gauld: Heartwarming * * Guardian * * At once hilarious and achingly melancholy . . . A quietly essential read * * Wired * * His economical art . . . is married to dry, incisive humor, making each strip a carefully composed marvel * * Publishers Weekly * * The ironic takes on key moments in history and literature (Armstrong on the moon, Cathy and Heathcliff wandering the moor) will certainly elicit a few laughs * * Vogue * * Precise and wryly hilarious * * NPR, Best Books of 2013 * * Gauld's deceptively simple panels and sparse, understated dialogue speak poetically . . . Gauld finds humour and hope - as well as coffee and doughnuts - in his portrait of a fading utopia * * Guardian * *
Tom Gauld was born in 1976 and grew up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is a cartoonist and illustrator and his work is regularly published in the The Guardian, The New York Times and New Scientist. He has created a number of comic books. He lives in London with his family.