My thoughts…

This is a book about friendship. But it’s also a book about so much more. On every page there’s an illustration or a quote for everyone that can be applicable at anytime of your life. It’s a book for any moment and it’s truly beautiful. I can see this being gifted and re-gifted multiple times and making a huge difference to so many lives along the way.

Not only can it span any moment in your life, and give you some wisdom or hope, but it’s also suitable for any age. Whether you curl up and read it whilst your baby looks at the pictures, or whether you’re a grown adult enjoying it on your own – it has something for everyone – and that’s tricky for a book to achieve these days.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse is a story but also pages of advice, encouragement, and lessons accompanied by whimsical hand-drawn illustrations. The advice and lessons are beautiful and meaningful, and the entire book is a calming, influential experience.

About the book…

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

Genre: Art and Illustration
Publication: 10th October 2019

About the author…

Charlie Macksey was born during a snowy winter in Northumberland. He has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, ‘The Unity Series.’ Collectors of Mackesy’s works include Elizabeth Gilbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Waters, Richard Curtis, The Murdoch Freuds, Tim Bevan, M. Night Shyamalan, Bear Grylls, Howard Goodall, Harry Enfield and Sting. He has lived and painted in South Africa, Southern Africa, and New Orleans. He co-runs a social enterprise, Mama Buci, in the Zambian copperbelt, which helps families of low and no income to become beekeepers.

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