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BookTrust have featured ten brilliant book illustrations that you need to check out right now, selected by James Mayhew. One of his selections was an image from A Bottle of Happiness by Ehsan Abdollahi. Find out more about his choice below!
Author and illustrator James Mayhew has been tweeting his favourite book illustrations every day for almost a year – so we gave him the tricky task of picking just ten to share with you…
In February 2018, I started a Twitter marathon – #BookIllustrationOfTheDay. My hope was to celebrate illustrators, both well-known and long-forgotten; the #picturesmeanbusiness campaign had already highlighted how illustrators are sometimes un-credited for their work, especially in the media. So I wanted to find a way to remind everyone how beloved book illustrations are, and how they imprint on our memories and colour our lives.
What I didn’t expect was the unexpected connections with people all over the world, and the truly lovely community that exists between book lovers – especially illustrated books – over 8,000 of them, to date!
There are so many of this year’s posts I’d love to write about here, but I’ve only got room for ten, so here they are, a mix of the much loved with the exciting and new!
I was fortunate enough to meet Ehsan last year at the House of Illustration, and subsequently at the Edinburgh Book Festival. What a charming man he is – and his beautiful, strange, exquisite work has quickly become much admired. I find his work utterly inspirational: an experimental mix of techniques, combining decorative line with collage and bold colour. Together, they are so enchanting!
- A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of 2017… twice!
- A Bottle of Happiness longlisted for 2018 UKLA Book Awards
- A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of the year by the Sunday Times. Link
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