In his customary pose as the grumpiest of grumpy old men, Raymond Briggs contemplates old age and death... and doesn't like them much.
In his customary pose as the grumpiest of grumpy old men, Raymond Briggs contemplates old age and death... and doesn't like them much. Illustrated with Briggs's inimitable pencil drawings, Time for Lights Out is a collection of short pieces, some funny, some melancholy, some remembering his wife who died young, others about the joy of grandchildren, of walking the dog... He looks back at his schooldays and his time as an evacuee during the war, and remembers his parents and the house in which he grew up. But most, like this one, are about his home in Sussex-
Looking round this house, What will they say, The future ghosts?
There must have been Some barmy old bloke here, Long-haired, artsy-fartsy type, Did pictures for kiddy books Or some such tripe.
You should have seen the stuff He stuck up in that attic! Snowman this and snowman that, Tons and tons of tat.
Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934. He is the author of the hugely successful children's books Father Christmas and The Snowman. These books have been translated into many languages and adapted into films, plays and TV cartoons. His other books include Fungus the Bogeyman, Ug, When the Wind Blows and Ethel & Ernest, a biography of his parents.
Time For Lights Out is extraordinarily frank... The honesty is shocking. The emotional nakedness of the book is startling, too - there is no filter on his [Briggs's] most raw, self-betraying memories. -- Justine Jordan Guardian A beloved genius of storytelling and illustration. -- Rachel Cooke Observer, Graphic Novel of the Month [Time for Lights Out is] direct and personal...on the tragi-comedy of growing old. [Briggs] looks on ageing with a beady but sympathetic eye...and mordant humour all the way through... there are plenty of excellent jokes in this book. -- Nicholas Tucker The Times A mesmerising jumble of jokes, drawings and elderly gripes... All human life - and death - is here in this lucky dip of memories and fears, irritations and idle thoughts... [Time For Lights Out] has black humour galore...and, as always, Briggs's drawings have a touch of magic about them, conjuring human beings and their foibles out of a few precious lines. -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday
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