Ronald Searle

A Cover Is Not A Book…(Part 1)

…so open it up and take a look,’ sings Lin Manuel-Miranda, but in the hands of a good designer a cover can be a powerfully persuasive tool. In a modern bookshop with limited space covers must communicate a lot to browsers, and I have often been compelled to buy a book by its cover. Natasha […]

Why This Book Caused A Very English Outcry

First a bit of an explanation: Because I was born in 1953 I was a New Elizabethan, ie. born in the year of QEII’s coronation. My dates, therefore, match her reign, and I therefore have a fondness for Queen Elizabeth, despite only having ever seen her at the pictures. I mean she was at the […]

The Lost Art of Paper Sculpture

Seeing these paper sculptures online gave me a peculiar flashback to something I’d entirely forgotten about. As kids we had no money but what we earned for ourselves, so cheap entertainments were big in our house, one of which was a series of books with paper press-outs, from wheels you turned, drawing one line at […]