some thumbnails of my illustrations

some thumbnails of my illustrations
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Monday, 25 February 2013

'A Monster Calls' - the power of images and words...

Just a quick post to talk about this extraordinary novel 'A Monster Calls' By Patrick Ness. I just finished reading this book two nights ago and its one of the most powerful things I have read, harrowing, deeply moving and full of wrenching truths, it totally floored me.
The last few chapters reduced me to tears and left me shaking, yet it is told with such compassion and strength and depth of understanding. The story of this is sadly very close to the bone for some dear friends of mine right now... they are still fighting but I don't know for how long.
Its an extraordinary, genius book, and I have to thank Jackie Morris for bringing it to my awareness in her review of it on her blog here.
 The illustrations fill me with uneasy awe, they are perfect and I love them. All the more powerful for being black and white. Just looking at them makes my heart turn over with the wonderful wild presence of the monster and all the currents of emotion they carry.


  1. I'll have to read this. It sounds fascinating.

  2. The book you mention was based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer before she could write the book. I've read Siobhan Dowd's "Bog Child" -- which I highly recommend, BTW. I'll add this one to my list for when I feel strong enough to read about monsters. . .


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