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This issue’s cover shows Neil Gaiman (photo © Kelli Bickman) with his book The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch illustrated by Dave McKean. Neil Gaiman is interviewed by Nicholas Tucker. Thanks to Bloomsbury for their help with this November cover.
Something of a surprise from Charlotte Voake, this book reveals a freer, brushy approach to illustration as compared with her more familiar pen and ink work. With the apparently growing incidence of multiple births, this is a timely look at a subject that is clearly close to the author’s heart. The book playfully explores the differences between brother and sister; ‘Charlotte likes building things. Simon likes making them fall down.’ Voake’s drawings have great charm, they are full of movement and understated character, the book is beautifully designed and produced and will not just appeal to twins! MS