Hooray! Posy Simmonds has won France's prestigous Le Grand Prix 2009 for her graphic novel Tamara Drewe. You can read about in French here. The graphic novel or bande dessinée has always been huge in France so this is a terrific honour - she was picked as the winner out of 3,500 entries. The book is a loose retelling of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd with lots of fun literary jokes thrown in. Suitable for young adults as well, although there is some sex. You can read my review here.