Kyle Theory: Drawing Things That Shouldn’t Need Explaining


Lily O’Farrell
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Lily O’Farrell started drawing cartoons as a way of making sense of the everyday sexism she encountered as a young woman, and her Instagram feed has now grown to over 225,000 followers.

In Kyle Theory, Lily addresses the pressing issues of the day through hilarious and relatable cartoons, from #MeToo and the patriarchy, to racism, internet culture and how to deal with trolls. Feminism is for everybody, and so is this book.


‘Funny and furious, don’t be misled by the cartoon style, this wonderful book is a document of the revolution.’
—Sara Pascoe

‘Feminism doesn’t normally come with with such hilarity, razor sharp insight and glorious cartoony illustrations. Get it for everyone, especially grandad.’
—Jo Brand

Dimensions: 16 x 16cm paperback
Published: 19 August 2021
ISBN: 9781911648307
Length: 132 pages

Publicist: Claire Maxwell at Read Media
Foreign rights: The Marsh Agency

About the author

Lily O’Farrell is a cartoonist from London. She studied Sociology at the University of Manchester, has dragged her observations around the London open mic comedy circuit and has been told she has ‘an attitude problem’ by most of the men who’ve employed her.

In 2017 whilst working as a waitress, she started doodling on the back of receipts (she was a terrible waitress). Since then, she’s grown a large online following with her funny drawings about the everyday annoyances of womanhood.

Lily’s first book Kyle Theory was published 19 August 2021.

Lily O’Farrell for Metro, 3 October 2021: ‘I was told feminism was just for people who went to university – it’s not’

Sophie Gallagher for The i, 8 September 2021: ‘Cartoonist Lily O’Farrell on being trolled by incels: ‘I saw so many lost boys failed by the system’’

Matthew Dunne-Miles for London World, 4th September 2021: ‘How a south London cartoonist went undercover with incels after being trolled online’

Lily O’Farrell for ELLE UK, 3 September 2021: Why I Hide My Instagram Fame From My Dating App Profile

Chloe Laws for FGRLS CLUB, 23 August 2021: GRL Talk with Lily O’Farrell: On Getting To Know Incels, Her New Book & Why Empathy Is Her Superpower

Times Radio, 23 August 2021: Lily interviewed by Mariella Frostrup (01:51:30) 

Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 16 August 2021: Lily on incels (from 38:50)

The Late Show, BBC Radio London, 11 August 2021: Lily interviewed by Salma El-Wardany (1:36:53)


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