One of a Kind, a new book by Neil Packer

Publishing in the Walker Studio imprint, this witty, magnificently-illustrated book plays with the idea of “sorting”.
The animal kingdom, modes of transport, musical instruments, art and architectural movements, cloud classification … anything and everything can be sorted into groups! Framed by a charming narrative about a father and son, this is a book about categories; on a journey into town, a boy called Arvo explores the many ways in which we classify the world around us, to charming – and often amusing – effect. One of a Kind marks Neil Packer’s debut as an author-illustrator, following his extraordinary artwork for Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads. With a witty text and breathtaking pictures, this story deserves its title: a true original by a remarkable talent. Published in October 2020.

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Gordon Crabb Portraits

Best of all are the quieter ones. Contemplative and atmospheric. These are mostly to be found in the literary fiction part of the site.

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Nurses, WAAF’s maids and children

Gordon’s expertise with uniforms of every kind is well known. His care and kindness when photographing children is a delight. Small children don’t much enjoy wearing an itchy cardigan, a strange dress and uncomfortable shoes and then manage to look appealingly at the camera. Somehow he manages to achieve fantastic results. Even if he is exhausted at the end of the shoot. More stock here.

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New Gordon Crabb covers

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Gordon Crabb stock

We’ve added more stock to the website, just sorted into centuries.

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Behind the scenes with Gordon Crabb’s covers

It’s rare to go into a bookshop here in the UK, particularly W H Smith, without finding a Gordon Crabb cover prominently displayed. At the moment, the shops are full of Harper Collins’ book, The Christmas Wedding which is the latest in the series of Dilly Court novels. He’s been working on those for many years and they are among the best.

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Here’s to more of this in 2020

These are the people who have made 2019 such a blast for me. I just can’t thank you enough.

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Neil Packer’s Tool Shed

Is this how you keep your tools? This is one of the illustrations from Neil’s forthcoming book about taxonomy, One of a Kind. It’s about so much more than how we sort things out though. We’re going to exhibit some of the work, as well as his originals for The Odyssey and The Iliad and other prints next year. There will be more on that in our newsletter so let me know if you’d like to be signed up.

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Ian Miller’s Grim Tarock cards

The campaign on Kickstarter to promote the set of Tarot cards illustrated by Ian Miller is still galloping ahead. There’s still time to join . . .

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jim Kay has now signed many many copies of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published last month. Here he is, eagerly getting on with the next book, which is fatter than ever. He just wants to be left alone for a while now. You can read about him in the New York Times though.

Photo: Charlotte Hadden for the New York Times.

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