Tails of Tottering Hall and In the Garden with the Totterings

Annie Tempest




PUBLICATION DATE: October 20, 2021

CATEGORY: Gifts, Humour and Art

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 104 pages

Tails of Tottering Hall

This book is another collection of Annie Tempest’s expertly-observed cartoons humorously depicting the archetypical English upper-class, following spirited traditionalists Dicky and Daffy Tottering, who reside in their lavish yet dilapidating ancestral home, Tottering Hall, together with their adored and exceedingly-spoilt dogs, affectionately named Slobber and Scribble.

Daffy is a redoubtable and, these days, lamentably-dying breed, frequently referred to as a ‘Country Lady’, while Dicky just lives in another era altogether. Follow this endearing couple as they attempt to navigate an increasingly-modernised world with their mischievous pooches, both of whom hold a firm place in their owners' affections, allowing them to wreak all kinds of havoc with minimal consequences.

Annie Tempest’s ability to comically depict the highs and lows of dog ownership is second to none — and stands as a heart-warming reminder that, despite muddy paws on the carpet and the occasional raiding of the fridge, we will love them all the same.

The cartoons in this book are sure to resonate with all dog owners as they compare the foibles of black Lab Slobber and working cocker Scribble to the eccentricities of their own treasured pets.

Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of encountering these characters before, one cannot fail to be amused by these beautifully-executed cartoons.

In the Garden with the Totterings
In the Garden with the Totterings is a fabulous collection of Annie Tempest’s ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ cartoons around the theme of gardening, which encompasses inter-generational tensions, the differing perspectives of men and women and more.
Tottering-by-Gently is a village in the fictional county of North Pimmshire, where Lord and Lady Tottering reside in the fading grandeur of their ancestral home, Tottering Hall.
Annie Tempest’s cartoons are based on Lord and Lady Tottering (Dicky and Daffy) and their extended family. Her now international following proves that she touches a note of universal truth in her exquisitely detailed and beautifully executed cartoons as she gently laughs with us at the stuff of life.

Meet the author Annie Tempest

Annie Tempest is one of the top cartoonists working in the UK. This was recognized in 2009 with the Cartoon Art Trust awarding her the Pont Prize for the portrayal of the British Character. Annie’s cartoon career began in 1985 with the success of her first book, How Green Are Your Wellies? This led to a regular cartoon, ‘Westenders’ in the Daily Express. Soon after, she joined the Daily Mail with the ‘Yuppies’ cartoon strip which ran for more than seven years and for which, in 1989, she was awarded ‘Strip Cartoonist of the Year’. Since 1993 Annie Tempest has been charting the life of Daffy and Dicky Tottering in Tottering-by-Gently – the phenomenally successful weekly strip cartoon in Country Life.

Books by Annie Tempest

In the Garden with The Totterings

Annie Tempest


Tails of Tottering Hall

Annie Tempest


Snifters at Tottering Hall

Annie Tempest