Writer and artist: Rosalind B. Penfold
Publisher: Harper Collins
All images taken from the Dragon Slippers website.
What's it about?
Dragon Slippers chronicles the life of Rosalind B Penfold as she moves from a happy, successful career into an abusive relationship, and eventually out again.
Warning - the images used within this post may prove triggering for some readers. None are graphic or violent but they do show conversations and events used to humiliate and control.
Given the subject matter, it seems a little crass to talk about this like I would any other book. It's a personal account, pulled together from Penfold's diaries. If I criticise the way it's been pulled together, am I criticising her life? The material forming this book was never created to be put in a book, it is segments from Penfold's diaries, drawn to record and help her through the relationship.
Again, I don't feel like I can really criticise this. It's not an entertainment book, created for profit; it's an awareness raising book. You read it because you are interested in domestic abuse, maybe you are in an abusive relationship, maybe you know someone who is, maybe you just have an interest in women's lives.
If this were a book for which an artist was paid to create a story about an imaginary person suffering domestic violence, I would feel justified in criticising it. However the art was drawn by Rosalind as a private diary, not for profit. So I am not going to make a judgement on its artistic worth. The art tells the story, and gives an insight into her suffering that would not be possible in the written word.
Price: Currently out of print, but available used from Amazon sellers for under £10.
The Dragon Slippers website is here.
Available in various languages - for more information see here.
If you are suffering from domestic abuse (or if you are not sure if your relationship is abusive or not) here is a list of helpful organisations across the world. And please, get help.
View the first few pages on Amazon here.