honey-buzzard-prSimon, the third generation owner of the Antonisse Bookshop, is facing some tough decisions. When the financial crisis hits, sales slump and he is forced to confront the closure of the family business.

Returning from his storeroom in the woods, Simon witnesses a suicide. The moment hits him like a bomb. Old memories intrude, guilt bubbles up and his grip on reality loosens. It is only a chance encounter with a young student, Regina, that prompts him to open up about the past that haunts him.

An emotionally perceptive and compelling tale, this is a debut graphic novel from Aimée de Jongh, one of the finest
young Dutch comics artists. The Return of the Honey Buzzard reflects sensitively on trauma and coming to terms with loss, as well as examining the nature of bullying. Simon’s dilemmas are difficult and potentially destructive, but the depiction of nature and its ability to regenerate offers hope.

Winner: Prix Saint-Michel (Brussels)

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Simon, the third generation owner of the Antonisse Bookshop, is facing some tough decisions. When the financial crisis hits, sales slump and he is forced to confront the closure of the family business. Returning from his storeroom in the woods, Simon witnesses a suicide. The moment hits him like a bomb....