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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: 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.

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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