Tamara Drewe

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This article is about the comic strip. For the film, see Tamara Drewe (film).
Tamara Drewe
Author(s) Posy Simmonds
Website https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/tamara-drewe
Launch date 24 September 2005
End date 20 October 2007
Publisher(s) The Guardian

Tamara Drewe is a weekly comic strip serial by Posy Simmonds published in The Guardian's Review section. The strip is based upon a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

The story was adapted into a feature film starring Gemma Arterton.


The story is set in Stonefield, a writer's retreat run by Beth and Nicholas Hardiman, where the novelist Nicholas Hardiman stays to find inspiration for his latest novel. Tamara Drewe, a young gossip columnist has returned to her family home nearby. Her sexy looks have every man in the vicinity fall for her good looks. When she has a relationship with rockstar Ben Sergeant she unknowingly infatuates two teenage girlfriends, Casey and Jody, who start to intermingle with her affairs.

Publication history[edit]

The strip made its first appearance in The Guardian on 17 September 2005, in the first Berliner-sized Saturday edition.

Collected editions[edit]

The complete work was published as a single volume with hardcover (Jonathan Cape, November 2007, ISBN 0-224-07816-X) and softcover editions (Mariner Books, October 2008, ISBN 0-547-15412-7; Jonathan Cape, September 2009, ISBN 0-224-07817-8). It has also been translated into French (Editions Denoël, October 2008, ISBN 2-207-26043-7), German (Reprodukt, January 2010, ISBN 978-3-941099-31-9) and Swedish (Wibom books, October 2011, ISBN 978-91-978213-4-6).


Tamara Drewe won the 2009 Prix de la critique.[1]

Film adaptation[edit]

Main article: Tamara Drewe (film)

The comic has been adapted into a feature film starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper and directed by Stephen Frears. Momentum Pictures released the film in the UK on 10 September 2010.[2] The film premièred at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010[3]


  1. ^ Grands Prix de la Critique > 2000-2009, ACBD
  2. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (July 17, 2009). "Gemma Arterton is wanted by The Queen director to get crowd Madding in sexy new role". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. 
  3. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (May 17, 2010). "Tamara Drewe comic strip charms Cannes in film form". The Guardian. 

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