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Ian Beck - Author


AN BECK is a familiar name to the Doubleday/Corgi lists with his previous successful picture books. A freelance illustrator for over twenty years (including such notable artwork as the record cover for Elton John's Yellow Brick Road album), Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books on the birth of his own first child.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

I drew incessantly as a child, but came late to writing stories.

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?


From life or from other stories

3. What made you write this book?


The main character of Tom Trueheart popped into my head and refused to go away, he demanded to have his stories told.

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

The process of trimming changing and cutting the book from the first draft, and working with the editor and designer on the whole book, design, illustrations, layout etc.

5. What is your earliest memory?


Being sent to bed early in summer and looking enviously out of the bedroom window at other children playing happily in the sunlit street.

6. What did you enjoy most at school?


At school I enjoyed Art classes and drama, I managed to appear in two Shakespeare productions at school which gave me a lifelong love of Shakespeare.

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

Where I live now in the western suburbs of London surrounded by the song of Blackbirds and near the Thames.

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?


A little seaside town in France called St Jacut De La Mare.

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

We have no pets at the moment, although we have had two very nice Hamsters over the years.

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

Noticing things in detail and long term patience.

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?


Although much too old I would love to surf the beaches of Cornwall.

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

Singing as part of a cabaret group in restaurants in Soho.

13. What is your most treasured possession?

A beautiful and immaculate copy of Now We Are Six by A A Milne which was given to me for a birthday present many years ago.

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

Book: The Just William stories by Richmal Crompton. Film: Forbidden Planet.

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ian Beck

Pastworld by Ian Beck
Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2009

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