Friday, January 19, 2007

Duncan Fallowell writes in the First Post

Those halcyon days of Gormenghast and speed . . .

The Hunting of the Snark

Recommended in the latest edition of The London Review of Books, dated 25th January, is the current Methuen hardback edition of The Hunting of the Snark, illustrated by Mervyn Peake. Describing Lewis Carroll's nonsense poet as 'the greatest in the English language, a mock-epic masterpiece of deadly serious silliness' it goes on to describe the illustrations as being 'beautifully reproduced, with a selection of previously unpublished working sketches'.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Oscar Wilde

In 2004 the French publishing house Libraire Elizabeth Brunet brought out a highly colourful edition of Rhymes Without Reason together with many of Mervyn Peake's nonsense poems.

Now, the same publishers working together with the translator Patrick Reumaux have combined to produce a very attractive new edition of poems in French by Oscar Wilde illustrated by Mervyn Peake.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Titus Groan, Hebrew edition

Good to see that the front cover of the Hebrew translation of Titus Groan, which Babel Publishers of Tel Aviv have just brought out, have used Mervyn Peake's own drawing for the first edition which was published by Eyre & Spottiswoode in 1946.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mr Pye on DVD

Following regular requests for information about whether the Channel 4 series Mr Pye is available, dvds can now be purchased. Contact me for further details at