Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest is the story of Raymond Briggs parents' marriage, from their first chance encounter to their deaths, told in Briggs unique strip-cartoon format. Nothing is invented, nothing embroidered - this is the reality of two decent, ordinary lives of two people who, as Briggs tells the story, become representative of us all. The book is also social history; we see the dark days of the Second World War, the birth of the Welfare State, the advent of television and all the changes which were so exhilarating and bewildering for Ethel and Ernest. A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages. Used hardback in very good conditionj with dust jacket in very good condition. 1998 edition, signed by the author on the title page. A "Signed Copy" sticker on the front of the dust jacket (not price clipped). The d/j has a very slight grubby mark on the spine; the rear cover is slightly grubby along the top edge; the rear flap is spotted along the top edge. The book ( dark grey cloth boards with gilt titles to spine) has a few spots on the top edge of the text block. Otherwise, it is fine externally and internally with tight binding.