The Sunday Books

The Sunday Books Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates shipwrecks and the Wild West He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of th

  • Title: The Sunday Books
  • Author: Mervyn Peake Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780715641712
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks and the Wild West He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them Now, decades after Peake s death, world renowned fantasy writer and friend of the Peakes Michael MoorcoEvery Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks and the Wild West He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them Now, decades after Peake s death, world renowned fantasy writer and friend of the Peakes Michael Moorcock has written verses to go with Peake s drawings The result of this star collaboration by turns funny, surprising and haunting is accompanied by an illuminating and touching introduction by Moorcock.Duckworth is publishing The Sunday Books to mark the centenary of Peake s birth, which will be commemorated around the world.

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    1. When I saw this book I thought, "Mervyn Peake's illustrations; Michael Moorcock's words: what more could you ask for?" The answer is, "Mervyn Peake's words."The illustrations were made by Peake for his children's story times and were not originally intended for publication. That many of them are drawn on line-ruled note paper and that some drawings have "leaked" through from the page beneath just adds to the charm.Some of the drawings are rough sketches, but still clearly "Peake-ian" and worthy [...]

    2. This is a lovely looking volume comprising drawings by the writer of Gormenghast that he did to amuse his children when they were young, and not originally for public consumption, which are set to stories by Peake's friend and writer Michael Moorcock. The stories are interesting but are nothing special or groundbreaking but would be the sort of stories that Peake may very well have used with these illustrations. As a result you get the drawings of Peake and the writing of Moorcock so it is reall [...]

    3. This book is SO my cup of tea, that I probably can't be rational about it. I love it. I even love the feel of the cloth cover. I might be patting this book for a week or so, and will gradually wean myself from it. The short biography of Mervyn Peake at the start, was enlightening as I had a lot of wrong ideas about the man. The artwork throughout is fascinating, and very of its time, first half of the 20th century. Some of it reminds me of Bloomsbury Group decorative work, and could be something [...]

    4. A great combination of Mervyn Peake's illustrations and Michael Moorcock's well-imagined prose make this a great find for fans of either author. There is a good introduction by Moorcock explaining how he came to write the stories, which are by turn poetic, humorous, and make quite compulsive reading.

    5. Michael Moorcock pieces together dozens of Mervyn Peake's drawings, sketches, and paintings to create a charming children's tale, in the style of the type Peake himself would tell his sons Sebastian and Fabian, as the boys were growing up on Sark in the early '50s.

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