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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

by Charlie Mackesy

Humour (fiction) Mind & Body - books to help you be better

LoveReading View on The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Four very different characters take centre stage in this unusual and beautifully illustrated book. There’s a horse, wise and reliable; a boy, Christopher Robin-like in his curiosity and kindness; a mole, driven by an optimism, and love of cake; and a fox, vulnerable and in need of love and understanding. The story of their friendship is told through Charlie Mackesy’s evocative pen and ink sketches. Most but not all are accompanied by three or four lines of text, not so much a narrative but rather meditations, little flashes of insight into the human condition: “We have such a long way to go,” sighed the boy. “Yes, but look how far we’ve come,” said the horse.  It’s a book full of tenderness and compassion, with much to make readers smile and more yet to prompt a sense of forgiveness, even of ourselves.

Though simple enough for the youngest children, words and pictures will resonate just as much with adult readers. A very special book.

Andrea Reece

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse Synopsis

A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times.

Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most poignant life lessons. Charlie's first book includes his most-loved illustrations and new ones too.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse Press Reviews

Pure Joy - London Evening Standard

A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart. -- Richard Curtis

Simply, the world needs Charlie's work right now. -- Miranda Hart

The world that I am required to inhabit is this one, but the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created. -- Elizabeth Gilbert

Love, friendship and kindness - this book speaks a universal language of the heart. -- Bear Grylls

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ISBN: 9781529105100
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529105100
Publication date: 10th October 2019
Author: Charlie Mackesy
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Genres: Humour, Mind & Body,
Categories: Popular philosophy, Self-help & personal development, Mind, Body, Spirit, Graphic novels,

About Charlie Mackesy

Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, `The Unity Series'. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his two dogs.

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