A new book about old age by the much-loved author of The Snowman and Ethel & Ernest
Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934. He is the author of the hugely successful children's books Father Christmas and The Snowman. These books have been translated into many languages and adapted into films, plays and TV cartoons. His other books include Fungus the Bogeyman, Ug, When the Wind Blows, Ethel & Ernest, a biography of his parents, and his latest, Time for Lights Out, a contemplation on old age, told through words and pictures.
A mesmerising jumble of jokes, drawings and elderly
gripes... All human life - and death - is here in this
lucky dip of memories and fears, irritations and idle thoughts...
[Time For Lights Out] has black humour galore...and,
as always, Briggs's drawings have a touch of magic about
them, conjuring human beings and their foibles out of a few
precious lines. -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
[Time for Lights Out is] direct and personal...on the tragi-comedy of growing old. [Briggs] looks on ageing with a beady but sympathetic eye...and mordant humour all the way through... there are plenty of excellent jokes in this book. -- Nicholas Tucker * The Times *
Many congratulations to The Oldie's Raymond Briggs on his elegiac new book, Time for Lights Out. The great author and illustrator takes a funny, sombre, bittersweet approach to old age, with fond thoughts of his grandchildren, parents, childhood and his partner Liz. The book is illustrated with his characteristic understanding of real life... Bliss. * The Oldie *
A beloved genius of storytelling and illustration. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer, *Graphic Novel of the Month* *