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ISBN
9781913547202

Publication date
4th November 2021

RRP
£14.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
HB Cut Down B

Extent (number of pages)
400pp

Territory

UK, Europe & BC ex Can

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B: A Year in Plagues and Pencils

Author Edward Carey

£14.99

British author and illustrator Edward Carey presents a paean to connection at a time of isolation: a year of daily lockdown drawings posted on social media from his home in Texas.

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Description

‘I blame the pencil. I hadn’t meant to do it. I wasn’t thinking. It just happened that way.’

In March 2020, as lockdowns were imposed around the world, author and illustrator Edward Carey published a sketch on social media, with a plan to keep posting a drawing a day from his family home in Austin, Texas, until life returned to normal. One hundred and fifty pencil stubs later, he was still drawing.

Carey’s hand moved with world events, chronicling pandemic and politics. It reached into the past, taking inspiration from history, and escaped grim reality through flights of vivid imagination and studies of the natural world. The drawings became a way of charting time, of moving forward, and maintaining connection at a time of isolation.

This remarkable collection of words and drawings from the acclaimed author of Little and The Swallowed Man charts a tumultuous year in pencil, finding beauty amid the horror of extraordinary times.

Featuring an Introduction by Max Porter

Max Porter is the author of three novels. His debut, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. Max lives in Bath with his family.

Praise for Edward Carey
‘Startlingly original’ The Times
‘Don’t miss this eccentric charmer’ @MargaretAtwood
‘A playful writer whose charming sentences are works of careful craftsmanship’ Washington Post
‘Inspired’ New York Times
‘[The Swallowed Man is] a marvellous feat of storytelling that dives deep into the madness accompanying solitude and creativity’ Daily Mail
‘Haunting … beautiful … [The Swallowed Man] offers much in which to luxuriate’ Sunday Times
Edward Carey

Meet the author

Edward Carey was born in Norfolk, England. He is a novelist, visual artist, playwright and director. He is the author of four novels, including Little, which was a Times and Sunday Times book of the year, and the YA series The Iremonger Trilogy. His collection of lockdown drawings, B: A Year in Plag…

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