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Raymond Briggs - Author

About the Author

'Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon Park, London, in 1934. His father, Ernest, was a Co-op milkman for over thirty years and was awarded a certificate when he retired. His mother, Ethel, was 'in service' for over twenty years but received no certificate. At the age of ten, Briggs passed 'The Scholarship' and went to the local Grammar School. Here he had daily speech lessons and learned to become middle class. After five years he was awarded 'The School Certificate'. At the age of fifteen he went to the local art school and after two years he was awarded 'The Intermediate Art Certificate'. After two further years studying painting he was awarded 'The National Diploma of Design (in Painting) Certificate'. He was then conscripted into the army where he attained no rank but was awarded a certificate saying 'Excused Boots'. He studied painting for two more years at the Slade School of Fine Art and here he was awarded 'The Diploma of Fine Art (London University) Certificate'. Since leaving the Slade in 1957 and failing as a painter, he has been a freelance illustrator, book designer and writer producing what are known as 'children's' books. For work in this field he has been awarded several certificates....'

Featured books by Raymond Briggs

Other books by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 18/10/2018

A classic board book edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

BLOOMING CHRISTMAS, HERE AGAIN! Reissued in a mini hardback gift edition, with a letter from Raymond Briggs, this is the perfect stocking filler. On Christmas Eve morning, a very grumpy Father Christmas is dreaming about summer, and certainly doesn't want to get up in the cold to deliver presents! Follow his journey through the night, as he battles the elements to deliver his presents. Told through a comic strip, with beautiful illustrations based on the houses that Raymond grew up in, this is a hilarious festive tale that has delighted children for generations.

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

The Snowman 40th Anniversary Gift Edition

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

It's not Christmas without The Snowman! This extra-special 40th Anniversary edition makes the perfect Christmas gift, complete with a limited edition print, and a letter from Raymond Briggs. After a heavy snowfall, a young boy spends a winter's day making his very own Snowman. Little does he know, when he goes to bed that evening something magical will happen... The Snowman comes to life! Told entirely through pictures, the boy and the Snowman go on the most extraordinary adventure, flying through the skies on the peaceful winter night. The beautiful illustrations bring the classic Christmas tale to life, making it and the film it inspired, a Christmas tradition for generations of children. Also available: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film (a picture book with words) The Snowman and the Snowdog (a picture book with words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

Snowman and the Snowdog

Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Snowman and the Snowdog based on characters by Raymond Briggs, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting audiobook reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Includes music from the beautiful score of the film.

Notes From the Sofa

Notes From the Sofa

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

From Raymond Briggs, the beloved and bestselling author of The Snowman, comes his first book in a decade, now in an updated edition with new columns and illustrations. Notes from the Sofa is a beautifully illustrated compilation of reflections on life and what it means to get older. Raymond dips into his past to remind us of scrumping apples, National Service, party lines on telephones, the torment of cinema organs and the endless obsession with laxatives, alongside his take on the absurdities of the modern world. This collection gives us warm and memorable sketches of Raymond's life now and reminds us why he is one of our best-loved storytellers.

The Snowdog Shaped Board

The Snowdog Shaped Board

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 26/10/2017

Meet the Snowdog in this adorable board book, featuring beautiful artwork and rhyming text. The Snowdog is a fun and cute book that children will treasure. Look out for Raymond Brigg's original classic, The Snowman, as well as the picture book of The Snowman and the Snowdog, too!

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are initially met with a hostile reaction. But with the help of his father, who slowly comes round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal . . .

Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2016

A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages, now a major animated film starring Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of Raymond Briggs' parents' marriage, lady's maid Ethel and milkman Ernest, from their first chance encounter in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971. Told in Brigg`s unique strip-cartoon format, Ethel and Ernest live through the defining moments of the twentieth century: the darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post war austerity to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s. Ethel & Ernest is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.

The Bear

The Bear

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

One night a great big, white polar comes to stay with Tilly. The bear's got black hooked claws and huge yellow teeth; but his white furry coat is warm and soft and Tilly decides he's the cuddliest thing in the whole world. Tilly soon finds out that a big bear can cause big problems - he takes a LOT of looking after! But when she describes the bear's latest antics to her parents they think he's a figment of her imagination - but is he? From the creator of The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman - now a live theatre show!

Notes From the Sofa

Notes From the Sofa

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2015

From the beloved and bestselling author of The Snowman comes his first book in ten years: a charming and beautifully illustrated work for adults. In Notes from the Sofa, Raymond Briggs traces the course of his life in a series of wonderfully observed vignettes that take him from the awkwardness and embarrassment of growing up to the vicissitudes and frustrations of growing old. This collection features the best pieces from Briggs' regular column - 'Notes from the Sofa' - in The Oldie, Richard Ingrams' humorous monthly magazine. Amusing and touching by turn, these include his unwavering dedication to the arts and why he takes pleasure in being labelled a 'creative sociopath'; amusing anecdotes, such as how he became an accidental Winnie the Pooh tour guide to Japanese tourists; and general musings on life, including his confusion as a young child as to exactly where babies come from. This is Briggs like you've never read him before, with a newfound freedom to write and draw about whatever he wants, without the restrictions of children's books and sometimes without the happy endings.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Pop-up Picture Book

The Snowman and the Snowdog Pop-up Picture Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A beautiful pop-up gift edition of the enchanting Snowman and the Snowdog animated film! Based on the animation for Channel 4, featuring film art and updated storyline. The LED lights are light-activated, so hold them up to the light and watch them twinkle!

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2015

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world. This beautiful hardback edition is the perfect gift for all Snowman fans.

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2015

Based on the classic film, fly away on a magical journey with The Snowman. After the snow settles on a cold winter's day, a boy builds a Snowman. Later that night, under the glittering stars, the Snowman comes to life! Together they fly through the night sky on a breathtaking and magical journey, until the sun comes up and it's time to go home... This edition of the classic tale from Raymond Briggs features artwork from the film, accompanied by words, and an audio CD of a wonderful narration by Matthew Macfadyen. Also available: The Snowman (a picture book with no words) The Snowman and the Snowdog (a picture book with words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

The Snowman and The Snowdog Activity Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2014

An amazing activity book featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog! One winter's night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking, magical adventure when the Snowman and Snowdog he has made come to life and fly with him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole. Join the Snowman, the Snowdog and Billy on their magical adventure . . . This activity book is full of fun things to do with plenty of pictures to colour, dot-to-dots and drawings to finish. Decorate your pictures with lots and lots of stickers!

The Snowman Pull-Out Pop-Up Book

The Snowman Pull-Out Pop-Up Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A beautiful gift book featuring original artwork from Raymond Briggs's The Snowman A boy built a Snowman and the Snowman came to life . . . This pull-out pop-up book is the perfect gift for fans of The Snowman, young and old and features the beautiful artwork from Raymond Briggs's classic picture book. Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. His original Mother Goose was published in 1966, it won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award in 1967 and is now back in print over 40 years later. Raymond lives in Sussex. Look out for Raymond Briggs's original classic, The Snowman as well as the new picture book The Snowman and the Snowdog!

The Snowman and the Snowdog Finger Puppet Book

The Snowman and the Snowdog Finger Puppet Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Board book Release Date: 27/08/2014

A brilliantly playful finger-puppet book featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog! A boy built a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night, they came to life... Wiggle your finger and play with the Snowman and the Snowdog in this fun finger-puppet book! When he comes to life, the Snowdog runs, plays and flies into the air with Billy and the Snowman. Look out for Raymond Briggs's original classic, The Snowman, as well as the picture book of The Snowman and the Snowdog, too!

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Dyn Eira a'r Ci Eira, Y

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The Snowman and the Snowdog: Book and Toy Giftset

The Snowman and the Snowdog: Book and Toy Giftset

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/10/2013

An adorable book and toy giftset featuring The Snowman and The Snowdog. The Snowman flies again... One winter's night a little boy is taken on a breathtaking, magical adventure when the Snowman and Snowdog he has made come to life and fly with him over the rooftops and across the sea to the North Pole. This giftset includes a picture book and an adorable plush Snowdog. This new adventure is based on the original story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway medal and has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. Raymond lives in Sussex.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/09/2013

The Snowman flies again in the follow-up to Christmas classic. Billy and his mum have moved into a new house, but Billy isn't very full of Christmas cheer, as his beloved old dog has passed away. So when the snow falls and Billy starts to build a Snowman, he knows exactly what to do- he builds a Snowdog too! Later that night, something magical happens, taking Billy on the most wonderful Christmas adventure. This book includes an audio CD featuring a narration read by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the music from the beautiful film score. ----- It's just not Christmas without the Snowman! Also available: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film (a picture book with words) The Snowman (a picture book with no words) And, for older readers, The Snowman - retold by Michael Morpurgo

Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2011

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world.

The Snowman Story Book

The Snowman Story Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 28/10/2010

Raymond Briggs' evocative story of a small boy's magical friendship with a snowman, told here in words by the artist and illustrated with pictures from the original version.

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

First published in 1980, two years after The Snowman, Gentleman Jim has been unavailable for many years. We are delighted to bring it back into print as the first book in an occasional series, Cape Graphic Classics. Gentleman Jim is the story of Jim Bloggs, a lavatory attendant who, dissatisfied with his station in life, devotes his time to envisioning a world beyond it. His walls are lined with books like Out in the Silver West, the Boys' Book of Pirates and Executive Opportunities, which provide fodder for his ruminations on career change. Encouraged by his wife, Hilda, also eager to incorporate more adventure into her life, Jim sets out to bring these dreams to fruition by accumulating various accoutrements, only to discover that the life of an executive, an artist or a cowboy is more complicated and costly than it appears.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2003

Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there is was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year! This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal.

Ug : Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers

Ug : Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2002

Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2000

The classic board book edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey. 2012 celebrates 30 years of the animated film of The Snowman with a brand new half-hour animation. Introducing new characters alongside the old, including an adorable snow puppy, it is planned for broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas day.

Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/1998

Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest is the story of Raymond Brigg's parents' marriage, from their first chance encounter to their deaths told in Brigg's unique strip-cartoon format. Nothing is invented, nothing embroidered - this is the reality of two decent, ordinary lives of two people who, as Briggs tells the story, become representative of us all. The book is also social history; we see the dark days of the Second World War, the birth of the Welfare State, the advent of television and all the changes which were so exhilarating and bewildering for Ethel and Ernest. A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages.

The Bear

The Bear

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1996

One night a great big, white polar comes to stay with Tilly. The bear's got black hooked claws and huge yellow teeth; but his white furry coat is warm and soft and Tilly decides he's the cuddliest thing in the whole world. Tilly soon finds out that a big bear can cause big problems - he takes a LOT of looking after! But when she describes the bear's latest antics to her parents they think he's a figment of her imagination - but is he?

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/1994

From Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, comes this collection of bloomin' brilliant Christmas jokes. The book also features some of Father Christmas' musings on what it's like to be him - for better or for worse - year in, year out. The perfect stocking filler gift, full of Christmas crackers to keep children laughing.

The Snowman Story Book

The Snowman Story Book

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 05/11/1992

Raymond Briggs' evocative story of a small boy's magical friendship with a snowman is told here in words by the artist and illustrated with pictures from the original version.

Fungus the Bogeyman

Fungus the Bogeyman

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/1990

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground revelling in allthe nastiness imaginable. Briggs has created a whole new world in this sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children which will entice the most reluctant of readers into books.

When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1986

Raymond Briggs' now famous bestselling comic cartoon book depicts the effects of a neuclear attack on an elderly couple in his usual humorous yet macabre way.

When the Wind Blows Play

When the Wind Blows Play

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/1983

This is an off beat version of the famous English anti nuclear cartoon parable. Jim and Hilda Bloggs hear that a nuclear strike is headed their way. Armed with government leaflets, they construct a refuge with the solid cheerfulness they felt during the blitz. Trusting in the powers that be, they emerge after the bombing and wait for government assistance. Radiation sickness takes them, still loving each other and uttering prayers.

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1977

In this hilarious sequel from Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman and inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog, a still rather grumpy Father Christmas decides to go on holiday. No-one needs a holiday more than Father Christmas, but where can such a well-known and easily recognized person go? Father Christmas sets off in search of his ideal holiday spot! France, Scotland and Las Vegas are his chosen destinations, but as Father Christmas discovers - there's nowhere like home.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1975

Raymond Briggs's Christmas classic - the wonderful and hilarious Father Christmas. Father Christmas awoke from his lovely dream of summer in the sun, and there it was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year! This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal, and has been a firm favourite ever since its first publication. It has also been turned into a much-loved animation. Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday;

Jim and the Beanstalk

Jim and the Beanstalk

Author: Raymond Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/1973

A wonderful retelling from Snowman-author Raymond Briggs - Jim and the Beanstalk. A re-telling of the classic children's story by the author and illustrator of the best-selling Snowman. Jim finds a beanstalk growing outside his window one morning, and follows his famous predecessor up to the top . . . Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon Art School, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some - THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS - have been made into successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex. Other books by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Snowman Buggy Book; The Snowman Sound Book;The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday;

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