inspiration - Mervyn Peake's letters from a lost uncle

30 November 2020

First published in 1948, this masterpiece, written and illustrated by Mervyn Peake, shows him as one of the greats of the 20th century. 

This is the story of a wayward uncle writing to his nephew of his adventures in the wild, searching for the White Lion, Emperor of the Snows.

I loved this book when I was a child, and still do so much. The pencil illustrations are beautiful, comic and slightly disturbing. Like Gormenghast, the story is grotesque, absurd and funny, with strange characters and a world askew to our own. Don't know if its still in print, this one is from 1976. 

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