Gwyneth Mamlok: Peter and Jane in the garden

In 1964 Peter and Jane made their debut in the long-running Key Words scheme series published by Ladybird Books. In the same year, Peter and Jane in the garden was published by Golden Pleasure Books. Written and illustrated by Gwyneth Mamlok, this book shows some clear similarities with her series of Candy books, which followed a year later.... Continue Reading →


This is M. Sasek

This is M. Sasek is a whistle-stop tour through the life and work of Czech illustrator and artist Miroslav Sasek. He was the creator of the much loved This is... series of children's travel guides, which were first published between 1959 and 1974. The half-title page of This is M. Sasek reads 'In Memories, Documents and Pictures'... Continue Reading →

Exploring London with Ronald Searle

"As any fule kno", cartoonist Ronald Searle was the man who injected a spirit of anarchy into the British education system through his St Trinian's books. Searle also illustrated the Nigel Molesworth stories, in which author Geoffrey Willans took us inside that other great seat of learning, St Custard's prep school. He's less well-known as... Continue Reading →

The many faces of crime fiction

I'm looking forward to the movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's, The Two Faces of January, which opens in the UK later this week. Hossein Amini's film stars Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) alongside Kirsten Dunst. Though it's not one of Highsmith's better-known novels, The Two Faces of January is sure to feature... Continue Reading →

Art in Your Pocket

I love apps like Pinterest and ArtStack that allow you to collect, curate and share your favourite images with fellow enthusiasts. But for those (increasingly rare) moments when you're not within reach of a wi-fi signal, nothing beats the old-fashioned pleasure of ink on paper. That's why I still value my small selection of volumes... Continue Reading →

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