The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters (P.S.)

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A hilarious debut novel that could only be described as a portrait of the designer as a young man. 'Show me something I've never seen before and will never be able to forget - if you can do that, you can do anything.' It's 1957, long before computers have replaced the trained eye and skilful hand. Our narrator at State University is determined to major in Art, and after several risible false starts, he accidentally ends up in a new class: 'Introduction to Graphic Design'. His teacher is the enigmatic Winter Sorbeck, equal parts genius, seducer and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment. Along the way, friendships are made and undone, jealousies simmer, and the sexual tango weaves and dips. By the end of their 'Introduction to Graphic Design', Sorbeck's students will never see the world in the same way again. And, with Chip Kidd's insights into the secrets of graphic design, neither will you.

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'A clever, funny and engrossing book that looks great too' -- Big Issue

'An exceptional debut' -- Scotland on Sunday

'The Cheese Monkeys has suspense, vivid characters, a pitch-perfect recreation of late 50s behaviour and an effortlessly sustained comic charm throughout' -- Bret Easton Ellis

'This is a brilliantly entertaining debut - intelligent, pitch-perfect and enlightening' -- The Times

'Wise, funny and ragingly shrewd ... The world's greatest book-jacket designer finds a second, spellbinding artistic voice' -- James Ellroy

About the Author:

Chip Kidd, the associate art director of jackets and special projects at Knopf Publishing, has long been recognised as a leading pioneer in book-cover art. The recipient of numerous graphic design honours and awards, he lives in New York. This is his first novel.

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