In memory of Raymond Briggs we are replaying the episode where John and Andy were joined by author-illustrator Nadia Shireen and writer Andrew Male for a smellybration of Fungus the Bogeyman (1977) by the great Raymond Briggs. The much-loved and bestselling picture book Andrew describes as “the children’s Anatomy of Melancholy”. We consider Briggs’s life and work in full: Father Christmas, The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Ethel & Ernest and the sepulchral Time For Lights Out (2019), his latest – and perhaps last – book; we also hear several times from the (often very funny) author himself.
Also in this episode Andy talks about issues raised by reading Laugh a Defiance, a long out-of-print memoir by campaigner Mary Richardson; while John shares his enthusiasm for Jessica Au’s new novel, Cold Enough For Snow (Fitzcarraldo).
Timings: (may differ due to variable advert length)
10:12 – Laugh A Defiance by Mary Richardson
17:56 – Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au
23:31 – Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
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